Caprese Salad by (Zia) Teresa Fabrizo
My aunt, Teresa Fabrizio is an amazing chef and baker. Together with her husband, Sabatino, they ran an Italian restaurant called Trattoria Fabrizio for many years. So many fresh homemade dishes were featured on their menu. From cannelloni to spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmiggiana, you name it, they made it all fresh in-house! As kids, my cousins and I absolutely loved going to the restaurant because it meant we could snack on all of the delicious cookies and gelato you could ask for! Plus, it always entailed a trip to the super fun toy store down the street. 😉
Zia Teresa & Zio Sabatino ran cooking and baking classes, as well as hosting many parties and dinners at the restaurant. They even published two cookbooks which features all the traditional foods and the stories behind them. She is part of the inspiration for starting my blog. So, I am following in her footsteps to broadcast the traditions that we all grew up with for my generation. The end goal is emphasizing the importance of these traditions to those in my generation; hoping to inspire them to value the history, learn the recipes, and carry on the traditions to the next generation.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots”.Marcus Garvey
Our family certainly has deep roots that must continue to be acknowledged. This blog is a way for me to advance in my own journey to understand our culture, but of course, I am depending on learning from the plethora of experienced professionals within my family, especially when it comes to cooking and baking.
Watch this fun video of ‘Caprese Salad 101’, a signature dish from their restaurant and let’s be real here, such a crowd pleaser for any occasion!