Lasagne, language trouble and love in a 1970s Italian village
by Valerie Barona
The book is a light-hearted view of life in a rural Italian village in the 1970s. It is a picture of an Italy that is long gone.
Aged 22, Valerie left a comfortable life in Poole, Dorset, to follow her Italian fiancé to his home in northern Italy. In 1977, Piussogno was a sleepy mountain village where nothing much happened apart from the occasional triple birth of lambs. Valerie’s arrival was cause for gossip. The decision to build a disco meant she must be rich and it was also a foregone conclusion that she was pregnant. They were wrong on both fronts.
Her new life involved living with her future in-laws, learning both the language and how to drive like an Italian and then the completion of the disco coincided with a visit from the local mafia...
The language, the locals and lasagne – That’s Amore!