Picture it: Sicily, 1947. Four brothers earn their living from the sea like so many Sicilian sailors, seafarers, and seamen before them. They leave their small village within spitting distance of Calabria behind and the youngest works on a boat bound for America. He gets off the boat at the port of Baltimore and never looks back, finding his way to New York where he settles down, marries, and starts a family. Until the FBI shows up to arrest and deport him for being in the country illegally.

That man was my grandfather, and these are our stories.

Sophia Petrillo hand up saying “Picture it. Sicily. 1912.”

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Sanguine

Sanguine

An Italian American, raised in New Jersey by parents from Brooklyn, I recently completed the Jure Sanguinis process. I eat antipasta twice because it’s so nice.