and Gerry Wedd unite for Lucia Nicci Bugeja tells us about the memories she and her sister, Maria Rosella, share of the shop with the kind of fondness usually reserved for first loves and family.
That's because, for them, Lucia's is both their first love and their family. "When we moved here from Italy, our next door neighbour could smell mum's cooking. She said 'what are you cooking, Lucia?' and mum said 'pizza.' And Dana goes 'I've read about that, but I've never eaten it.' "Dana Hill, she was sort of a futuristic type. She read a lot, in magazines coach clearance from overseas, so she knew a lot, whereas most people didn't know what a pizza was, unless you had travelled. And hardly anyone travelled then anyway in those days. "She's the one who urged mum to start her business. So it was two women who started this space They had to borrow the money. It was an enterprising thing for women to do in the I can't imagine in the women didn't work, so for two women to start something like this of course, the business started by Lucia and Dana was incredibly successful, andhas grown exponentially since it began. Sisters, Nicci Bugeja and Maria Rosella, standing on what used to be theroadway that went through the Markets in the 1950s. "When my Mum first started, therewas a bar across here, and it just had 6 stools, says Nicci. market, before it is what it is now, there was a roadway through it. We were under a stairwell to a company called coach outlet 575 atlanta Windsor Apparel. That's how it started; with Mum here, people would eat on the counter and she would be inside cooking, so she could manage both serving and cooking. There was no coffee machine then. in the 1960s, the market became what it is now." Neither Nicci or Maria started out working in the business. Instead they went and office workat their mother urging, but they both came back toLucia was like this is where we belong," says Nicci. Under the stewardship of the sisters, Lucia has become a modern incarnation of the concept originally brought to life by Lucia and Dana. "Breakfast has changed, and salads. Salad is a big thing now. We would sell one salad a week maybe when mum started, but now it's very popular. We're a more health conscious society I think, says Nicci. "We've got our basics, which we always have, our Spaghetti Bolognese and our pizza with olive and anchovies that's our basic. And our pizza with Napolitano sauce, which is our pizza sauce, but then we've added to it. You know, the Carbonaras and the Alla Panna. wouldn't have known them, because it wasn't traditional, it wasn't where we came from, the region we came from, Campania in Naples. As people travel, people know more, and we adopt that." And the next generation are beginning to come into the businessnow. "Simon, my second son, and Leigh, they both do you know our sauces? They make them now, says Nicci. the lasagna they sell in the store, and the pasta, coach online outlet website that's all made in the production kitchen. coach outlet atlanta demographics He initiated that. So, next door and Charcuterie Traiteur. They're the next level, but they all started in [the pizza and spaghetti bar]. And my daughter, she is in the admin section." Roasted pumpkin at home ona Gerry Wedd serving platein Charcuterie Traiteur. "I've been going to Lucia's for 30 years or so; I was a regular, he says. wife is Maria and Nicci's cousin, and she used to work in Lucia's. Obviously I got to know them pretty well, I showed work there in SALA in days gone by. Recently, I did quite a bit of stuff for the Charcuterie. "I really like making things that people can use, and I like commemorative stuff as well, so it seemed like a nice fit." It's a treat to know him Nicci Bugeja We caught up with Gerry as he dropped off his first batch of cups into Lucia Of his designs, he says the cups are simple, but the designs that adorn them are what's special.
"There are numbers and diamonds scratched into the face. I just thought it's always nice if you've got little iconic kind of symbol, and when I saw it was a diamond, and, you know, because it's kind of a clich kind of thing, but if you do it nicely then it's kind of a memory symbol.".
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