ITAL­IAN CUL­TURE

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI

NORA Alves, 65, was born in Italy in a vil­lage called Aquilo­nia. Her par­ents Francesco and An­toni­etta Cop­pola moved with her to South Africa when she was a year old.

De­spite be­ing raised in South Africa, she speaks the lan­guage flu­ently, and un­der­stands and val­ues her Ital­ian cul­ture in­stilled by her par­ents.

Alves is mar­ried to a Por­tuguese hus­band, and said her fam­ily em­braced both cul­tures.

She added that she was a good cook like her mother and had passed on her skills to her daugh­ter An­toni­ette Alves.

“Ital­ians are big on cook­ing, we all know about pasta, spaghetti bolog­naise, lasagne and we also grow our own herbs. We are pas­sion­ate about food and used to own a res­tau­rant.”

They in­vited the Tri­bune team to share a meal, which in­cluded pasta e fe­gi­oli with white beans, gar­lic and chilli.

It was a de­li­cious treat.

PIC­TURE: LEON LISTRADE

Above right:an­toni­etta Cop­pola, 89, with her daugh­ter Nora Alves. Left: Grand­daugh­ter An­toni­etta Alves pre­pares an Ital­ian tra­di­tional meal.

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