LIFE/Taylor Allyn: an Italian Thanksgiving


I celebrated Thanksgiving in Italy with my five roommates and a good friend, with multiple courses and pumpkin pie! I had an exam that morning and then the hot water and heat in our apartment stopped working, so after dealing with that fiasco my roommates and I got to work cooking. Cooking was a feat in itself, because we only have one stovetop and one oven, and everyone cooked at least one dish. The pies we did the night before, after surprisingly finding canned pumpkin in our local EmmePiu! We had been totally prepared to go out and buy a whole pumpkin, then make the pie entirely from scratch, but a stroke of fate led us to find canned pumpkin.

Usually, Thanksgiving in America is an afternoon affair, coming much earlier than dinner. However, we ate around 9pm—the average Italian dinnertime.  Of course, we couldn’t find a turkey, so we substituted a chicken instead. There were a few substitutions that had to be made—for example, we couldn’t find any cranberry anywhere, and we used polenta for the cornbread. However, we still had a full dinner; we had stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and much more. I have one roommate from Rome, and one from France, and neither of them had ever tried pumpkin pie before. Needless to say, they were smitten with the delicious pie. We covered it in panna and ate it alongside an apple pie. Thanksgiving in America is essentially a celebration of food and family, an excuse to stuff yourself with food and to spend time with your loved ones, remembering what you are thankful for. My foreign roommates definitely appreciated the loving and happy atmosphere that Thanksgiving created, along with all of the classic food. It was nice that we could find most of what we needed to make a traditional Thanksgiving, and it felt like home with a nice touch of Italy. I am so thankful for all of the friends I have made here, and all the experiences I have had. Thanksgiving was a good time to reflect upon that, and I will be sad to leave Italy in a few weeks to go back home.

Hi everyone, I am a literature student from Norfolk, Connecticut. I study Italian, history, and art history at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, and exploring the world!

Ciao tutti, sono una studentessa di letteratura di Norfolk, Connecticut. Studio Italiano, storia, e storia dell’arte all’Università degli Studi della Tuscia. Nel mio tempo libero, mi piace cucinare, leggere, e esplorare il mondo!

Anche, mi piacciono gatti J