So many were in town for the holidays that friends at Made in Italy NYC had to throw a New Year's Eve party to accommodate everyone. Good thing too, because with frigid temperatures in the teens I would have felt awful if they were stuck out in Times Square watching Dick Clark and Miley Cyrus.
Of course I was in attendance at the party too, as I find it hard to pass up a chance to reconnect with Italy. As I waded through the sea of foreigners I was taking notes on what truly defines an Italian Capodanno party:
1. The music: slightly cheesy to start including such favorites as YMCA and Mambo #5 but ending with hours of incredible house music.
2. The food: passed Pandoro slices for everybody washed down by bottle after bottle of prosecco.
3. The crowd: a mix of families and friends of all ages, all together under one roof.
4. The entertainment: one loud MC, two live percussionists and a trio of Latin dancers with abs to envy.
5. The countdown: Firstly, it began at 26 instead of 10. Is that an Italian tradition? Also, they say, "minus 5, minus 4, minus 3..." whereas we just say the numbers.