GG’s Cavatelli & Meatballs
My great-grandma, Agnes Minnillo (who we called “GG”), was the most amazing cook. Born in Italy in 1911, GG came to the US with her mother when she was 13 years old. Food and cooking was a big part of her life, and I suppose some of that must’ve rubbed off on me! Her food was simple and delicious; tastes and flavors that cannot be replicated. One of her dishes that I remember most fondly is her cavatelli and meatballs. Every Christmas, GG would make cavatelli, which is the shape of the pasta that we pronounce “cavadills” in Italian-American slang. She would make the cavatelli, tomato sauce and meatballs from scratch. GG passed away in 2010 when she was 99 years old, just shy of her 100th birthday. After her passing, my mom was lucky enough to inherit the cavatelli maker that my great-grandpa (who we called “Bumpa”) had made for GG many years ago. This Christmas Eve, my mom made GG’s cavatelli and meatballs. It was a very special treat and brought back many, many happy memories of GG. GG would’ve been very proud of my mom and this delicious meal she cooked!