Thanksgiving brings to mind food, family, and freedom (from school or otherwise). Being in Rome, I worried that I would miss out on this alliterative triumvirate of holiday joy. My family is far away in Pennsylvania and turkey isn’t exactly Italy’s national dish. Fortunately, Cornell took on a surrogate role for the night and Palazzo Lazzaroni became a bustling foreign outpost for the American tradition.
The university provided turkey (tacchino in italiano) and everyone brought a dish of their own to add to the pot-luck. I noticed that many students borrowed family recipes in an attempt to emulate parents and grandparents. This resulted in a broad array of food reflecting the diversity of our class; chicken mole and empanadas were among the best dishes of the night. I contributed my own ethnic dish (pictured below) and it received good reviews despite being served in a frying pan.