The Italian American Federation
of The East Bay
HOMETOWN: Pleasant Hill
BEST MEMORY OF IAF: Seeing my granddaughter as Princess
FAVORITE ITALIAN: My grandfather
FAVORITE ITALIAN DISH: All of them...
FAMILY REGION / TOWN IN ITALY: Region Emilia-
FAVORITE PAST TIME AS A KID: Swimming
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Jackie Gleason Show (growing up) The Good Wife (today)
WHO'S BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO YOU: My mother
WHY YOU BECAME AN IAF MEMBER: Granddaughter wanted to be a princess
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD: I grew up in North Beach and when we were not spending family dinners at our grandparent’s houses, or going on picnics, we were at the Italian Clubs very much like the Colombo Club. My grandfather worked at a hotel on Broadway Street in San Francisco, but was also in the Italian Opera. Education was important to my grandfather. He covered all his grandchildren's books the first day of school and explained our responsibility of caring for them.
HOMETOWN: Oakland's Rockridge District (very Italian)
IAF MEMORY: Getting involved in the Queen Coronations
FAVORITE iTALIAN: A dear Friend, Florence Ravezzano Harvey. Lifelong would be my Maternal Grandmother, Elena Goria (wife of Carlo Goria, a founder of the Columbo Club)
FAVORITE DISH: Gnocchi with butter/cheese or pesto.
FAMILY REGION IN ITALIA: Piemonte. I still have relatives who live in the house that my Grandfather Carlo Goria was born in in 1875. It is a little hill town north of Asti called Alfiano Natta.
CHILDHOOD PASTTIME: Listening to Grandma Elena's stories when I would land at her house after school. Watching her at her