About Nonna Nina
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My mother’s mother, my maternal grandmother was named Maria Bucelli Cisco. She was from Montepulciano in the wine growing region of Tuscany near Florence. My maternal grandfather Luigi was born near Verona.
My mother Tigelia was an only child. My grandmother loved to cook. She would come every day to our home in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn when my dad was very busy in court as he was a judge of the Supreme Court of New York. My grandmother loved to help my mother cook and care for me, my brother and sister.
I was therefore, introduced to Tuscan fare at a fairly young age. Grandma would make delicious soups like Ribollita for lunch and leave Chicken, Ossobuco and Pasta e Fagioli. I feel fortunate to have been raised in this environment.
I did not help much in the kitchen as a youngster but I married at 21 years of age to an Italian, while we were both in school. Then I quickly learned via a crash course from my mother and my Nonna and I have been cooking for my husband , my children and other family members and friends almost every day for the past 51 years.
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