Updated on 8-13-2017:
Thanks to Antonio Eugenio Aiello this posting is updated with the name, address and screen shots of the restaurant where Michael and the Aiello family had lunch. The caption for the fifth photo was corrected. Updated info is in italics.
Cousin Michael Muro vacationed in Italy this July. He stayed in Agropoli with relatives including Giuseppe Carnicelli. Giuseppe accompanied Michael when he travelled south to Calabria to visit Antonio Eugenio and Aldisa Aiello. Antonio’s daughters Stefania and Sandra were also in town. This was such a good development for Michael and Giuseppe.
It looks like the day in Calabria included lots of good food, good scenery, good company, and good conversation! Uncle Sammy and I are very happy that Cousin Michael had a chance to enjoy La Dolce Vita during this trip to Italy.
We introduced Giuseppe Carncicelli in two earlier postings. Please see links in the Related Postings section.
Antonio Eugenio Aiello is the nephew of Michael’s paternal Grandmother Rose Aiello Marasco Muro.
Michael and Antonio connected after Antonio’s son Amedeo Aiello contacted me earlier this year. It is a beautiful thing to have facilitated the introduction through this blog and watch the relationship grow.
Ristorante Pesce Fresco
The Aiello family, Michael Muro and Giuseppe Carnicelli dined at the Ristorante Pesce Fresco. The following screen shots from Google Maps provide the location and street view.
Aerial view from Google Maps. The orange dot denotes the restaurant location.
Street view from Google Maps.
Michael Muro’s Photo Album: A visit with the Aiello Family of Calabria, July 2017
The white strip you see running across the sand on this beach is a concrete walkway. People can walk along it to avoid the hot sand. When you reach a point where you want to be you can then go onto the sand.
At the beach (left to right): Antonio Eugenio Aiello, his wife Aldisa, Michael Muro, and Antonio’s daughters Stefania and Sandra.
The restaurant where Michael and the Aiello family had lunch is located near the beach. Around the table from left to right are: Michael, Antonio Eugenio, Aldisa, Sandra and Stefania.
Michael enjoyed the meal which started with this dish of marinated fish, tuna and pink marinated onions.
The next course consisted of a choice of pasta with fish, spaghetti with claims and ravioli with scallops. Here are the raviolis. Is anyone getting hungry?
Michael described the third course for me when I asked about how this fish was prepared. He told me that “There was a choice of swordfish or fish that was cleaned of the bones and split open with seasoning and breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. This fish was served with the head which I had the waiter remove. Sorry but I don’t remember the name of this fish. But it was very good.”
At home with the Aiello family. Left to right: Antonio Eugenio, Aldisa, Michael Muro, Sandra and Stefania.
Michael’s beautiful day in Calabria concluded with Antonio asking for some photos of the family members back in the U.S. And so the relationships will continue to grow and, we hope, flourish.
I received a few photos and an update from Michael Muro today. The weather in Agropoli continues to be very hot and very humid. Michael is staying with the family of Giuseppe Carnicelli, the cousin I met during our May meet-up in Brooklyn Heights.
July is a festive month for Giuseppe and his brother Vincenzo. They both celebrate birthdays this month. Vincenzo will turn 23 on July 29th. This photo of (left to right, Vincenzo, Michael and Giuseppe) was taken at Nero Cafe in Agropoli. I love the bright, upbeat colors in the décor.
Giuseppe’s birthday was on July 11th. The combination of birthday cake and champagne is irresistible! Uncle Sammy and I wish both brothers a very good year ahead.
A festival was recently held during the time Michael has been in Agropoli. Here we see the Piazza all lit up. I love the way the colors of the lights are so vivid against the night sky and the old buildings surrounding the piazza.
Michael also had time to visit another cousin from the Carnicelli family, too. Michele lives in Santa Maria which is about 20 minutes from Agropoli. His mother is from the Carnicelli family. I think I see some resemblance between Michael and Michele.
Giuseppe continues to take courses online with the school in Pittsburgh where he studied English conversation, reading and writing this past Spring while he was in the U.S. visiting Michael. On Saturday, July 25th Michael and Giuseppe head to Calabria for another get-together with the newly discovered relatives of his Grandma Rose. Eugenio and Aldisa Aiello and their children will spend a day with Michael. He’s promised more photos along with all the details. Eugenio is Rose’s nephew.
Uncle Sammy and I wish Michael safe travels, sunny weather and the continued pleasure of good company during this last phase of his vacation in Italy.
In this posting I share some updates on the Memorial Day Carnicelli-Muro family meet-up I joined and some details about Michael’s current trip to Italy.
Michael Muro’s and EmilyAnn May’s pedigree charts showing our common ancestor, eNicola (Nick) Muro. EmilyAnn’s shows just her maternal line.
EmilyAnn’s Pedigree Chart showing descent from her4th Great Grandmother, Giuseppa Carnicelli
–Michael Muro, Nick Muro and I share Nicola Muro as our common ancestor.
Nicola (Nick after coming to the U.S.) Muro was Michael and Nick’s paternal Grandfather.
Nicola was my Great Grandfather through the maternal line.
–Giuseppe Carnicelli is descended from the branch of the Carnicelli family from which my 4th Great Grandmother Giuseppa Carnicelli came from.
Like other descendants with ancestors from Agropoli, Michael Muro also has a connection with the Carnicelli family. Micheal and Giuseppe are cousins.
We have not discovered the common ancestor between Giuseppe Carnicelli and me but perhaps in time we will.
Like Michael, I consider the connection a living one. And in keeping with the Muro family approach, we call each other Cousin. There is no such thing as First, Second, Third or Cousin 1 time removed, 2 times removed and so on. We share bloodlines and a common ancestral hometown. Good enough–it’s all family!
Our Memorial Day Get-together
At the Brooklyn Wine Bar. Left to right: Giuseppe, Michael and Nick.
During Memorial Day weekend I had a very pleasant meet-up with Cousins Michael and Nick Muro. I met another relative I now consider a cousin, Giuseppe Carnicelli. Giuseppe stayed with Michael for three months while they toured several towns and visited relatives in the U.S. At the same time Giuseppe took English language conversation, reading and writing classes in Pittsburgh during the times they were not travelling.
We met up at The Brooklyn Wine Bar in historic Brooklyn Heights. The venue was much, much smaller than the way it appeared on their website and the menu much more limited on a weekend. What made the afternoon memorable was sharing our family stories and catching up all recent developments. After lunch we took a short walk around Brooklyn Heights to make sure we sent Giuseppe back to Agropoli with some scenes that included shots in front of brownstones, old townhouses and a park in the area.
Photos from the Muro-Carnicelli Get-together, Sunday May 28th, 2017
Nick Muro, Giuseppe Carnicelli and Michael Muro in park across from the Brooklyn Wine Bar.
Giuseppe Carnicelli outside one of the historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights.
Pretty townhouses aside, we couldn’t leave Brooklyn Heights before getting a photo of Giuseppe in front of a brownstone house. Many of these brownstones are 100 years old or more.
Update from Michael Muro while he is vacationing in Italy
I heard from Michael this past week. After July 4th he returned to Italy with Giuseppe. Giuseppe continues with his English studies via Skype three times a week. Michael thinks he will do well when he takes an exam on his English langage skills for admission to the University in Torino next month.
On either July 28th or 29th Michael and Giuseppe will travel to Calabria to visit Antonio Aiello, the nephew of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (Michael’s Grandmother). Antonio and his wife Aldisa will be there. Antonio’s son and two daughters will be in town as well. Michael is looking forward to meeting more of his newly discovered relatives from Calabria and learning more about his beloved Grandma Rose, as well. Antonio shared many letters and photos during the last visit.
Michael will share more about his vacation in the weeks ahead.
For more details on Michael’s first meeting with Antonio and Aldisa please visit this posting: https://throughthebyzantinegate.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/46g-aiello-family-of-calabria-connecting-with-the-family-of-rosina-aiello-marasco-muro/
Uncle Sammy and I thank Amedeo Aiello for reaching out to us and his father, Antonio Aiello for sharing the results of his research on the Aiello family, as well as photos of the family and their hometown after the 1906 earthquake.
We also thank Michael Muro for his ongoing enthusiasm, support and promotion this blog behind the scenes. Michael is the Grandson of Rosina (Rose) and Nick Muro through their son Raimie (Raymond) and Frances (nee di Fiori) Muro.
A special thank you to Giuseppe Carnicelli for contributing a clear version of the Italian translation.
Shortly after a series of postings about Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro, we received an email from her Grand Nephew, Amedeo Aiello in late February. His father, Antonio Aiello, is Rosina’s nephew. Antonio is also a family historian and found our blog while researching Martirano, the Aiello family’s ancestral hometown in Calabria. Amedeo and I exchanged emails about the research I had done on the town and gave me the reason why it is so difficult to find much about the late 19th-early 20th century history of Martirano. It turns out that in 1906 an earthquake destroyed what we could call the old town of Martirano. Rosina’s parents lost their home and had to build a new one away from the area where they had been living.
Learning more about the Aiello Family
Antonio sent me a photo of the area where the new house was built along with a photo of his father, Amedeo Aiello, who was Rosina’s brother. Yet another wonderful photo included in the email exchange was of Rosina. All three photos are now part of our family tree. Then there were the fruits of Antonio’s research on the Aiello family that has extended Rosina’s pedigree chart further back in time. The information also adds more depth to her family background which we had only touched upon in our research findings and our previous postings. Thanks to Antonio we can now go back in time and trace Rosina’s lineage to the late 18th century.
Updated pedigree chart for Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro (work in progress) as of April 28, 2017.
Uncle Sammy and I thought that we would collect memories and anecdotes about Rose, Nick and their family. We first mined our own memories and then reached out to our relatives. The portraits that emerge sometimes diverge and at other times intersect. Although this posting consists of small, simple details we think it tells us who Rose was, how she handled the responsibility of raising 11 children, and why she was a beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother to all the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. We also see a glimpse into how strong Nick and Rose’s desire was to improve their language skills, knowledge about current events and encouraging their children to get a good education.This posting was finalized in November of 2015.
Pedigree chart of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro.
Rosina Aiello was born on April 24, 1896 in Martirano, Italy to Caterina and Angelo Aiello. She married Ricciotti Marasco in the mid-1910s. Ricciotti and Rosina had one son, John, born in 1916. Ricciotti served in the military for Italy during WWI and died in battle on September 5, 1917. Rosina remained a widow until Nicola Muro went to Italy to propose marriage sometime in early to mid-1921. Nicola’s first wife, Letizia, passed away February of that year leaving behind 5 small children. Rosina and her son John arrived in Wilmerding Pennsylvania in November of 1921. Shortly after that she and Nicola married.
Rosina was called Rose after her arrival in America.
A big thank you goes out to Francis Marasco and Rosina Coltellaro for their contributions to our family history project. Their support has enabled us to present a well rounded look into the life of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro. Francis is Rosina’s grandson and Rosina Coltellaro is her niece.
For the first part of this series please see:
Drawing of the S.S. America.
Passenger list of the S.S. America.