Anyone who knows my cousin Damiano knows that he brings new meaning to the term character. As a two-year-old, he was best known for hosing down his aunt as she would leave for work, nearly setting my brother’s hair on fire, and talking like a sailor. He has since grown into a responsible young adult with a promising future. But he still has his adventures.
Of course, with Damiano, you never know what might happen. On their way from London, where he and his friends have been training for their first job out of college (in a bank), they accidentally got off the boat one stop too soon and landed in Procida, a completely different island. They somehow managed to get to Ischia in the wee hours of the morning, but no one let Damiano live down his mistake. (See the photo album “Damiano and Friends in Ischia“.)
When I first heard that Damiano would be spending a weekend in Ischia with his new friends, I immediately started planning a dream weekend for them. The young men, all of whom recently graduated college, were wiped out and needed some R and R. My first thought was to bring them to one of Ischia’s thermal pool parks and the other was to lounge on the beach. We managed to do both and taste some of Ischia’s delicious offerings, including pizza, seafood, pastries (baba’ indeed), and gelato. All in all, we had a delicious weekend that I hope the boys will fondly remember for years to come.
I’m grateful because it was a lot of fun for me, too — and they treated me to dinner one night, gelato, and a new set of espresso cups for Antonio’s Italian kitchen. It was far too generous, and we definitely owe them another meal at our American home when we get back to New Jersey sometime in the fall. Grazie mille, boys!