My parents Lauretta and Francesco Coccaro were both born in the small, peaceful village of Valle dell'Angelo, in the Province of Salerno, Italy. This quaint village is located in the Campagna region of Southern Italy and is nestled among the mountains of the Cilento National Park.
Growing up my sister Ersilia and I had the privilege of spending many summers in this historic village with our grandparents. It was by doing this we were given the opportunity to understand and experience what it was like for our parents growing up.
Valle dell'Angelo is very much an agricultural area, and artisan products were something that our parents grew up on. Our grandparents would produce their own olive oil, wine, fresh produce and cheeses. In fact my Nonna still to this day makes olive oil, and I remember my Nonno Luigi would cultivate the land in his early nineties.