Lucy Latourette

Lucy Biancalana Latourette is a second-generation Italian American whose descendants hail from the villages of Massa Macinaia and Compito in the province of Lucca, region Toscana. With an extensive background in advertising and client services, her writing for Fra Noi explores what it means to be Italian as she delves into individual stories and experiences to connect the past with the present. Her award-winning work on broader topics has appeared in national, regional and local publications. I migliori auguri a tutti! Possa il tuo picnic estivo essere una meravigliosa festa di amici e parenti!

It’s picnic time!

  As Italians, our fast food might be pane e formaggio on the fly, but when is the last time you savored an al fresco feast in the great outdoors? Before summer escapes, take time now to plan a picnic with your cherished family and friends. One summer weekend every year, my family and I are lucky to be part of the annual PDG picnic. The PDG lodge originated in Chicago in 1925 as the Piana dei Greci (PDG) Aid Society. It was a haven for nuovi arrivati Arbereshe from Sicily and helped them get established and assimilate into life …

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