An Italian-American finds two distinct cultures in his father’s homeland

Jul 15, 2014 668

The waiter in the Florence restaurant had a look of disgust when asked by the American patron, the grandson of Sicilian emigrants, about a certain dish familiar to him via his grandparents.

"That's the South," the waiter said, disdain dripping from his lips.

And that seems to be the theme of Joseph Luzzi's decipher of a country with two distinct cultures, a theme that currently dominates news from the Middle East and for more than 150 years has dotted the landscape of the Yankee-Confederacy United States.

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