Angela Derecas Taylor’s collection of stories and memories are set in and around her family’s Italian restaurant, founded in 1936 in Greenwich Village. At turns heartwarming and horrifying, comical and catastrophic, Just a Waitress: An Italian Opera introduces four generations of strong-willed Italian women plus a host of family members, colorful locals, criminals, hangers-on, and one frighteningly jealous cat. Angela’s candid accounts of her upbringing and experiences entertain while celebrating family, perseverance, survival, independence – and making one’s own way in the world.
“Vivid descriptions, flavorful dialogue and a dessert-like final sentence. I loved the story (and thanks for reminding me about Zito’s bread).”
— James Tobin, Author, Willamsburgh, VA