Local author Anthony LoFrisco to tell tales of aglio e olio at midnight, dueling meatballs, wielding the wooden spoon — and growing up in Brooklyn


What is more enjoyable than listening to stories? How about stories about food and family – while munching on a sample of the food being discussed? On Friday, February 24 from 12:30 – 1:30, local author Anthony LoFrisco, author of The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn will be telling stories of his upbringing in Brooklyn, family and most importantly the food that nourished them. His talk will be followed by tastings of his delicious cuisine, and books will be available for purchase. The event will take place at the Wilton Historical Society.

Anthony LoFrisco takes us back to a time when recipes included instructions like “a handful of this,” and magnificent meals could be thrown together with whatever ingredients were in the fridge or “icebox”. He intersperses discussions about such Italian classics as lasagna and chicken cacciatore with reminiscences of his childhood days in Brooklyn, where food was always the center of attention and mama ruled the kitchen. His mother Josie, who emigrated from Sicily and raised her family in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, made sure her husband, a NYC policeman, and three sons, were well fed by using the simplest ingredients and infusing them with love.

About The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn Ron Straci, Co-owner of Rao’s restaurant raves “A superb collection of family lore. Fun, food and family, what a wonderful combination. You’ll enjoy joining the experience with these authentic recipes.”

Anthony LoFrisco grew up in an apartment in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn where his passion for cooking began by watching his mother Josie turn simple ingredients into Italian classics. He earned money after school by waiting tables where he continued his culinary education watching professional chefs work their magic. After a career spent in law, at the young age of 83, he decided it was time to publish a cookbook featuring all of his mom’s great recipes, along with related anecdotes. He lives, and cooks, in Wilton, Connecticut.

Members of the Wilton Historical Society, free; Non-members $10
Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257

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