At the heart of every Italian neighborhood is La Piazza. This open space dedicated to greenery, benches and strolling is where neighbors pass and share the latest news. Old men gather by the news stand to complain about politics or soccer with equal passion. There is sure to be a cafe' on one side selling pastries in the morning, gelato in the afternoon and espresso all day long.
Our Piazza is flanked on one side by the local elementary school and on the other by the butcher and a small church that houses the preschool. The family story goes that my husband spent one morning at the preschool, decided he didn't like it, and walked home.