Wednesday, October 04, 2006


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY BE ARRIVING EARLY OR STAYING LATE FOR THE "LA NOSTRA COSTA DAY"BOOK SIGNING EVENT AT THE SWANTON BERRY FARM ON SATURDAY,OCTOBER 14 BETWEEN 1 AND 4 PM, please be informed that the "Davenport Roadhouse at the Cash Store", is open for business and does serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And for this Event, it is serving a "La Nostra Costa" special. Please check the note below from Aria Marinelli:

La Nostra Costa Special:
Pork & Pumpkin Stew with Cannelloni Beans
Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesano Reggiano & Roasted Elephant Garlic Vinaigrette
Homemade Rosemary Foccacia

This will be offered to locals and your supporters on Saturday for the special price of $11.00 per person. The special will run from lunch into dinner. Even though our main dining room is closed from 3:00 – 5:00 this special will be available all day and during that time.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Aria Marinelli
Aria Marinelli
Assistant Manager - Inn, Retail, Events
The Davenport Roadhouse

WHERE: 31 Davenport Ave. Menu: Breakfast, $5-$9; lunch, $6-$13; lounge menu, $4-$6; dinner, $12-$15. Full bar.Retail store:; 426-8801; (800) 870-1817;

Also: Please click on "comments"below for some heart-warming,
heart-wrenching comments by Silvia (Gianninni) Dunn re: the DeLucca Accident in Davenport (1947).


10:21 AM


silvia(gianninni)dunn said...

Dear Ivano, Your book is amazing! You captured those days with great skill and a good heart. I was especially touched by the details on the De-Lucca family. They are buried right behind my grandfather. I remember seeing Anthony a few days before he died...then came the horrible photos of the crushed car in the Sentinel. Whenever we would visit "nono", ( the Italian thing to do!) , I would always look at that little grave. Now, thanks to you, we know the whole story, and the poingnancy hits home; Unlike the rest of us, whose age he would have been now, he didn't get a chance to grow up and hug his grandchildren. Diane Strong told me she informed you how how much my brother enjoyed your book. Keep up the good work, we're all proud of you! God bless... Silvia Dunn p.s.... we really enjoyed seeing the photo of you and grandsons! I see another book coming!

silvia and leon dunn said...

Dear Ivano, Actually, there is a lttle more to add to my memories of Anthony: Don't know if there were any elementary schools in Davenport at that time, but when I was about eight or nine -years- old, Anthony showed up at old Bay View School. I remember seeing him on the playground at recess. He was being totally ignored. ( the "new boy" ) I can still see him standing there near a bench, all alone and looking very sad. He was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and dark pants and had a little pot belly. I felt so sorry for him...but I was very, very shy and so I didn't go and befriend him. When the horrific photo of the crushed car appeared in the Sentinel, I saw my mother and father in tears. I didn't know until we all got back to school, that it was the "new boy" who was killed. Our teachers broke the news. I grieved for years, especially when I saw his little grave near my grandfathers'. If only I'd had the courage to bring a smile to his face that day..... but I know he is in heaven, and when I get there, he'll come up and tell me , "welcome, new girl!" Before I go, want to tell you we have great memories of your mom and dad. Just for one, I remember how beautiful your mother was, and how we all envied her perfect skin and rosey cheeks! I started wearing rouge at a young age just to look like her! We will definitely look forward to your next book signing.... Leon has alot of memories , too. Thanks again for giving us all so much joy. God bless you and your family......Silvia and Leon Dunn

IFC: Thanks Silvia and Leon for the kind words especially about my family (my mother in paticular). And Silvia thank you for sharing your memories about the DeLucca family (as painful as the are) on the LNostra Costa Blog. They are special.

Gioavanni Biondi said...

Ivano: You did a great job on the book..should be a must read for all Italians in Santa Cruz.