The Albanos pop up at Butcher & Bee with Italian-American fare straight out of Brooklyn

Oct 25, 2013 1164

Ann Albano has been cooking for her family since she was 10 years old, but today she's nervous about cooking. Her granddaughter has convinced her to do a pop-up dinner at Butcher & Bee on Sunday.

"I never did a thing like this," she says in her distinctive New York accent. "I'm a housewife. I've cooked for my family, maybe 20 to 25 people. I've entertained a lot of friends, but this is my first time doing something like this. I'm getting very nervous."

To prepare, the 85-year-old, who relocated from New Jersey to a Mt. Pleasant retirement home with her husband Joe two years ago, is keeping it simple, planning a menu of her favorites, dishes she knows will make people happy: spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmesan, stuffed mushrooms, chicken parm, tomatoes with mozzarella and pesto sauce, garlicky broccoli rabe, ziti, and ricotta cake.

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