Remembering a friend and a boss…..Sam Siciliano
It was my first day at a new job… at headquarters for The Asbury Park Press. I had made it almost until lunch when I heard my boss’s thunderous yell from the cubicle next to mine: “Hey, Witkowski, got any plans for lunch?”
I got in his car as he sang out loud to the radio (and what a voice!!!) and told me that some relatives were visiting his mom’s house. We drove off to Asbury Park, and went into a little house crammed with people and the smell of garlic.
The kitchen was packed with food – and we ate and talked (well, I mostly listened) from the moment we arrived until we left. There were older women in dresses talking loudly, their hair tied up in scarves, kids yelling, a dog or two running from room to room, and pots of sauce(gravy if you’re really Italian) and pasta steaming on the stove. In fact, it was hard to find an empty spot anywhere.
One Christmas we traded recipes, along with the finished products – our family pierogies for his family’s white sauce. Good eating, indeed.