KENNETT SQUARE—“Cent’anni” or “Chindon” is a toast Italians share wishing someone 100 years of good health. Ida Riccione, or "Nonnina" to her family and friends, has hit that milestone.
Born in Furci, Italy on December 17, 1918, Ida has certainly seen a lot in the past century; The Great Depression, the rise and fall of fascism, World War II, and the advent of too many life-changing inventions to count. Not to mention in her own life -- marriage, the birth of three wonderful children, immigration to the U.S., the birth of seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ida celebrated her milestone birthday today at Brandywine Living at Longwood, her home of four years. The community hosted a special birthday party for Ida on December 17 at 1:30 p.m. featuring live entertainment, delicious food, and birthday cake.
The Mayor of Kennett Square, Matt Fetick, also came to wish Ida a “Happy Birthday” and presented her with a certificate of congratulations on her milestone birthday.
The holiday season is Ida’s favorite time of year and she was well known for baking authentic Italian recipes every December including homemade Calgionette and Struffoli. Additionally, she loved to cook a traditional Italian Seven Fishes Dinner for family on Christmas Eve featuring Baccala, her favorite fish dish.