Articles Written by our Members and Colleagues

Poggioreale in America has many talented friends who have written about their Poggioreale roots, feelings, or family.  As we collect them, we will share their inspired works on this page. Do you have one to share that you wrote, or something that a friend or family member has written? Contact us so that we can publish here and share with your kindred spirits!

Sarah Campise Hallier

"Hidden in the Rubble, Finding our Past in Poggioreale, Sicily" by Sarah Campise Hallier

This article appeared in the We the Italians magazine on

December 9, 2019. It recounts her feelings and experiences after traveling with an exclusive tour group on the Poggioreale in America's First Sicily Trip in October 2019.

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Sarah Campise and group in front of Pogg

Gino Corte

Gino and brother with mother circa 1955

Gino Corte was born in Poggioreale but left for America in 1961 when his dad sent for him, his mom, and his younger brother to live in Kansas City, Missouri. Gino remembers life as it was in Poggioreale when he was a boy. The photo on the left is of Gino (far left) with his mother Nunzia Falsone Corte, and younger brother Pietro. It was taken during the period when Gino's father, Giuseppe Corte, was working in America to provide for his family. This is the timeframe that young Gino helped his mother run the grocery store in his father's absence. Read as he describes Corso Umberto Primo, the busy main street of Poggioreale, his parents' grocery store, horse races, the peddlers that came to Poggioreale from near-by towns, and so much more. You will enjoy getting a glimpse into what our ancestral town was like in the mid 1900s. AND! Gino is now offering YouTube cooking classes for those who are hungry for

Sicilian cooking!  Look for them by searching Gino Corte in YouTube.

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Gino's granddaughter, Stella, interviewed her Nonno and created this great YouTube video recounting some of Gino's personal history.  A special feature is Gino's tutorial for "Cooking Carduna,", a delicious Sicilian vegetable speciality.