Interview with Dolores DiCurzio Gosciniak about Italian American Foodways

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March 9 1988 (Date created)
Dolores DiCurzio Gosciniak, 53, was born in Detroit and spent her childhood and teenage years in Cacalupo, a predominately Sicilian enclave that existed in the Gratiot-Harper area of Detroit from the early teens to the late 1950s and early 1960s. Since her parents were from the folk region of Ciociana (in Lazio), Dolores has always been aware of the Sicilians -- their food, behavior, dialect, and other cultural markers -- and consequently, she has a clear idea of the native traditions of her parents' region which she identifies with as well. Dolores talks about her parents' life in Italy, their reasons for coming to America, the Ciociana region, Cacalupo, her father's influence on her mother's cooking, and the Ciociara dishes she learned from them and still prepares for her family.
Creator and/or Contributor
John Cicala (interviewer), Dolores DiCurzio Gosciniak (interviewee)
2 (cassette tapes)
6 (tape logs and tape index)
1 (map of Rome, Italy)
16 (black and white negatives with contact sheet)
36 (color slides)
Other Subject Headings
Italian American grocers (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Related Entities:
John Cicala (interviewer)
Dolores DiCurzio Gosciniak (interviewee)
Dolores DiCurzio Gosciniak and her daughter Susan make homemade meatball soup, in Dolores' kitchn.