The Ravioli Queen of Baltimore

Aug 22, 2013 1508

By Rafael Alvarez

How many ravioli do you think Lucy Palmere Pompa has made—by hand—in almost 95 years of life in Baltimore? Her nephew Willie Matricciani, 54, who calls on her every time he has to remember exactly how to season ricotta for the filling, is overwhelmed by the question:

"I don't think a million is an unrealistic number," says Matricciani, a local fence magnate who grew up a block away from "Aunt Lucy" on Exeter Street back when Little Italy was still a neighborhood of Italian-Americans raising children. Lucy's son Dominic "Chuppers" Pompa, 63, an engineer at Northrop Grumman, takes an analytical approach.

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