In August 2019, a group of Italians from my great-grandparents’ home town of Solofra, Avellino, visited New York and came to Most Precious Blood Church in Manhattan’s Little Italy to see the murals painted in 1914 by their native son, Donatus Buongiorno (1865-1935). The visit was arranged by Bill Russo, Director of Events in the church, whose mother was from Montoro Superiore, Avellino, which is 1 mile west of Solofra.
I had another opportunity to meet them a few days later, so I brought photos of Aunt Mary and accosted the unsuspecting woman. She is Giovanna Rega, and she denied being a Troisi in all directions of her family tree. Short of blaming it on the milkman, I had to give up my line of inquiry, but I did tell her she’s my “cugina” whether she likes it or not.