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AUG 2018

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ymcalouisville.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 25 1912 Whitewood Ridge Dr. $1,300,000 SYCAMORE RIDGE Stunning custom built one owner home situated on 5+ serene acres. Every amenity imaginable. Soaring ceiling & windows. Gorgeous millwork awaits you here. This home is one-of-a-kind for the discriminating buyer. Marilyn Helvey | 502-419-6095 And Poff, the proud Neapolitan, with four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She wore her hair low, in a clip, as she had done the day before on the Great Day Live set with Grangier and several other grandmas. The newscaster asked, "Did you ever think you'd be a star for being exactly who you are?" and Poff said, "I'm a star to my children, my grandchildren." She showed off the recipe book with her mother's and grandmother's classics, while others had framed Ellis Island papers and a little statue of Pulcinella, the hungry, singing mascot of Naples with his horn that brings good luck. For the audition, Poff brought gateau, a "cake" of potatoes, mozzarella, salami, milk, eggs, breadcrumbs and parsley. She wanted to impress the judges — Grangier, design consultant Lesa Buckler and executive chef Robert Rice — with something she's never seen in Louisville. At one point during her interview at the mall, Rice said, "We should put that on the menu." The DJ blared Jerry Vale. A couple weeks later, the judges picked Poff. As a child in Naples, Poff never much cooked with her mother, the food extraordinaire, who'd spoil the kids with fish and soup during the week, pasta with ragù and meatballs on Sundays. It wasn't until Poff moved to the United States in 1960 with her husband — the blond-haired, blue-eyed Navy man who'd found his way to her mother's kitchen in a search for authentic Italian food — that she started cooking herself, repeating her mother's tastes that she couldn't find here. "I don't go to Italian restaurants as a principle, because I'm always disappointed," Poff says. When she returns to Naples, yearly, her diet is eggplants and fish. How she loves the sea. The air clean, the water serene. The Tyrrhenian winds hugging her, wrapping her in the breeze. To be the Grassa Gramma Nonna is to be ever more connected to that seaside heritage. "I am a happy nonna," she says. — Arielle Christian

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