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Date: Friday July 1st, 2011

Time: After soccer match btwn Italy vs. Germany

Venue: Piazza in Nocera Terinese next to the church

Food: Penne pasta, sausage and wurstel paninis

So after our big game, the Italians couldn’t hang around for a drink because they had to go home take showers and cook for our “Pasta and Panini Party”. This was our version of the “Dress Rehearsal Dinner”.  I would like to inform everyone that we actually never even had a dress rehearsal.  I would like to think of this party as a “Getting to Know You Party”.  We had friends from N.Y., Miami, Puerto Rico, D.C., Austria, Holland and Germany come to partake.  We invited our families and friends to join us for not just food but for beer, homemade wine, and cocktails made by my friend Carlo.  Shaken not stirred.

My cousins Roberto and Salvatore and their friends all helped out with the setting up of the tables, cooking and cleaning.  I want to thank all of them for doing that for us. I want to also thank my cousin Angelina, for letting us use her big refrigerator and bar.

Our chief pasta chef.

First in line!!

While we eat pasta the sausage cooks.

Back for seconds!

i Tedeschi

Caroline and my sis have secured their spots.

Jen seems to think the pasta is good.

Napoleone trying to convince Sean to eat Peperoncino.

Sis and I are used to eating like this in our family!

Christine in Calabria.

His Italian name is now "FLAVIO".

Over at this table I think Christine and Flavio are waiting for the sausage paninis.

Our top chefs need a break though.

The sausages and wurstels are going quickly.

Looks like "i gemelli" (twins) have been hogging up the sausage paninis all for themselves.

Ive seems to have gotten his hands on a panino as well.

My lovely Aunt Angela with my sis-in-law, Doris.

NOT sure what these three are up to. Can't be good with Judy around.

AJ and I with maybe 1/10th of my family.

Our wonderful bestman (in blue) getting ready for next day's ceremony.

Carlo creating a ruckus behind the bar. Cocktails anyone?

Brotherly love!

Me and my cousin Ciccio. Who flew in from Abu Dhabi to be with us.

A little serenade to end the evening.

La marescialla con il mio amico Carlo.

Time for our crew to pack up and go home. Thanks guys.

Andiamo in Piazza!

One of the best things here in Nocera Terinese, CALABRIA is the way they cook food in the piazza for the the towns people.  It’s amazing. You won’t find “street meat” like Manhattan here.  I love how whenever there is an event in the Piazza there is always delicious food involved.

During the World Cup Final, everyone came out for Sausage and Wurstel Panini.

Two of the finest chefs of Nocera Terinese

Italian version of BBQ

By the way I have to plug my cousin’s bar.  If you find yourself ever in Nocera Terinese please stop by Chiosco Snack Bar in the Piazza next to the church.

Chiosco Snack Bar

SUGO! (SAUCE). Ready to feed an army.

The sauce is perculating

He was generous enough to let me try the sauce in a panino. Panino dipped in sauce. AWESOME.

Nocera Terinese Official Chefs. Side note - The guy in the sling hurt his elbow while playing soccer a few weeks back. They take soccer and food seriously here.

Now… get ready for the next photo.  This is what we get excited for.

I don’t even know where you would begin to find that wooden rectangular pasta holder in the States???

We dont mess around. Penne pasta in Nocera Terinese Piazza. I must keep stating the fact that everything is freshly made.

See the crowd in background? That's my cousin Vittorio serving the food.

Proud chefs and nice guys.