The two interviewees, Fortuna and Angelina Iervolino, were born and grew up in Ottaviano (Naples). The parents had a “puteca” (a little shop), where corn, beans, legumes and pasta were sold in large bags; the two sisters started working with parents from an early age. During the Second World War, Fortuna, being the first child, had the task of bringing food to the Castello dei Medici in Ottaviano, which was occupied by the Germans, while Angelina was studying in a convent of nuns. After the war they got married and formed a large family. Fortuna helped her husband in the sale of household items, while Angelina was a housewife. Currently, both widows, they spend their time going to the church and playing  cards with friends.

In the interview, the two sisters tell of the long family tradition concerning the preparation of canned food, especially tomatoes. They tell also of their vineyards on Vesuvius and the preparation of wine.

During the interview, they spoke of the problem of changing times and of the disqualifications that menstruating women had to face in relation to the food preparation. The respondents, to refer to that women condition, use the phrase “stay clean”.

Document by: Marino Niola, Centro di Studi Sociali sulla Dieta Mediterranea dell’Università di Napoli SOB, Vittorio Russo, Sveva Di Palma, Martina Iacuaniello, Raffaella Panico, Marzia Mauriello
Video by: Vittorio Russo, Sveva Di Palma, Martina Iacuaniello, Raffaella Panico
Created: 11-05-2012
Fortuna Iervolino

Fortuna Iervolino

Year: 23-07-1928
City: Ottaviano (Na)
School: Primary
Profession: Pensioner
Languages: Italiano, Napoletano

Angelina Iervolino

Angelina Iervolino

Year: 02-02-1935
City: Ottaviano (Na)
School: Primary
Profession: Pensioner
Languages: Italiano, Napoletano

Video table of contents

- 00:09 The preparation of tomato sauces: tomato paste and tomato concentrate
- 04:16 A family tradition: men and women in comparison
- 06:08 From mother to daughter
- 07:30 Preserves vs supermarket
- 08:29 The organization of the day and the preparation of tomato sauces
- 09:49 What remains of the preserves' tradition
- 11:52 Time of the year when the tomato sauces' preparation used to take place
- 12:12 The catalanesca grapes of Vesuvius
- 14:23 The role of women and men in the wine preparation
- 16:51 The sale of the vineyard

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Ottaviano
District: Napoli
Altitude: 220m s.l.m.

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