|Ada and children Fanny and|
Amelia in a photo sent by Ada
to my grandmother Anita.
I earlier blogged that most of my known ancestors were farmers, other than a few semi-famous Spadonis from 1000 years ago who may have been my ancestors. But I recently stumbled across some information about a famous restaurateur who was my dad’s second cousin. I learned her name and saw her photo courtesy of my brother and sister-in-law, who have contributed much to the research of our family line, but I was the one who found out about her fame.
|Fanny cooking at her restaurant. Courtesy|
of Carolyn Pieri.
When I saw this on the restaurant's
web site, I knew I had found the
Fanny who was our cousin. Her
mother's maiden name was Ada
Pieri. Apparently this is the
Pieri family shield.
|Fanny serving at her restaurant. Courtesy of Carolyn Pieri.|
Although Fanny died in 1991 at age 85, it is still possible to order her meat sauce, salad dressing and barbecue sauce, as her descendants have carried on this part of the family business. I spoke with her daughter-in-law a few weeks ago and am planning to send in my order soon. Here is a link to the order form: http://www.fannysofevanston.com/order.htm. Because there is no way to order online and no e-mail address, I thought at first that the order form might be obsolete, but I was assured in my telephone call that I can still order; I just have to do it the old-fashioned way of sending a check in the mail. I plan to order some meat sauce and salad dressing next week, but first I have to make copies of the old photos of Ada and Fanny so I can add these to the envelope before putting it in the mail to my long-lost distant cousins.