While we Americans celebrate Father's Day in the month of June, Italians honor their Padri on the 19th of March, known as St. Joseph's Day, to commemorate San Guiseppe, the father of Jesus - a fatherly symbol of love, compassion, kindness, generosity and acceptance. So, to all you Dads out there, and to the memory of my own, a belated Buona Festa di Papa!
St. Joseph's Day in Italy is celebrated with a feast... families prepare traditional spreads of special Italian breads and cookies. This is the day when families show their gratitude to their fathers with favors and gifts. This day is a big deal in many parts of the Italy, especially in the North. In Florence and Rome, this festivity is marked with several days of live music and dancing, and of course, food and drink. While we most likely won't be dancing for Father's Day, we will be feasting on ribs, Lisa's herb roasted potatoes and perhaps take in a funny film with Lucas.
Saverio (Sal) Finzi: My Dad