In Loving Memory JOANN ARPIANI

Joann Arpiani baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Derio Arpiani, daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Gambaro; dear sister of Ben Gambaro and the late Pasquale “Lino”, Steve, Frank and John Gambaro; dear sister-in-law of Gloria and Dottie Gambaro and the late Helen and Shirley Gambaro; dear aunt of Annamarie, Joann, Frank and Carol, Eugene, Steve and Ginger, Sandra and David, Mimi and Joe, Derio and Linda, Chris and Diane, Jeff and Sharon, Greg, John and Barbara; dear great-aunt and great-great-aunt to many and ‘Aunt Nini’ to all. Joann was devoted to family and friends, and to her beloved Missouri Bakery. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sick and Elderly Program of the Hill. Mass will be at St. Ambrose Church, 5130 Wilson Ave at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

A SERVICE OF MICHEL FUNERAL HOME.

In Memory of Joann Gambaro Arpiani

 

JOANN GAMBARO ARPIANI
Who turned 100 years this pat June 2017

by Marianne Peri-Sack

JoAnn Gambaro Arpiani and Derio Gambaro

JoAnn Gambaro Arpiani, the matriarch of the Gambaro family and Hill icon, turned a beautiful 100 years old on June 27. The Italians are fond of the phrase “Cent’ Anni” wishing someone to live for one hundred years and you can almost always hear the phrase at a Baptism or at a birthday party. Most people do not reach this stage in their lives but this classy lady did with much style and a great deal of grace. She has been a zealous activist in the Italian Community and is the only woman Cavaliere in St. Louis. It Italian government honored her with this title for her years of work in the Italian community and the title is the equivalent of being knighted by the Italian government.

Arpiani has been involved in many organizations and a multitude of fund-raising and cultural events. She was the first woman to be allowed to join the Italian Club and she established a scholarship in her brother, Lino Gambaro’s, memory at the Professional Businessmen of the Hill (PBM). Lino was a founding member of that organization and deeply involved in the scholarship program.

JoAnn’s family founded the Missouri Gambaro Bakery in 1923 as a wholesale outlet for her family’s restaurant on Grand called Garavelli’s. The bakery was located on the Hill and as the wonderful, mouth-watering aroma wafted through the neighborhood, people began to knock on the door and inquire if they could purchase some of the bread, etc. Thus one of Missouri’s most famous retail bakeries was born.

JoAnn worked with her brothers for many years and the current owners are her niece, Mimi Gambaro Lordo, and nephew, Chris Gambaro. JoAnn proudly states, “We did no advertising. It was all word of the mouth which is your best advertisement.” On Thursday, July 27, her large circle of friends and family members kept visiting to congratulate JoAnn and the doorbell kept ringing with florists arriving to deliver gorgeous flowers of every kind and color.

The Gambaros were gathering from all over the country. Stephen Gambaro was arriving at the airport at 2:00 in the afternoon. Sandy Gambaro arrived the day before from Chicago and took her Aunt Nini to the Chase Park Plaza with some other family members. Derio Gambaro was picking up longtime friend of the family, Monsignor Sal “Turiddu” Polizzi. That evening her close-knit family and some friends converged on her home to spend the balance of the special day with her. We all know that it is a small world, so through a Gambaro cousin who works for, Mario Batali’s cousin, Batali heard about Aunt Nini and was impressed. The cook and author extraordinaire sent her one of his autographed cook books along with a note. It read: Dear Aunt Nini, Buon Compleanno. I hope you have a fantastic celebration of 100 years with your family. I often think about the fantastic cannoli from your bakery, and I wish you another century of homemade deliciousness.

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‘Tuscanyness’ Film Explores the Detachment of Modern Italian Architecture and the Fight to Restore Faith in Design


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 Following the evolution of architecture in Tuscany, this documentary maps out the decline of the region in the shadow of Brunelleschi and Alberti. From the 14th century onwards, Italy underwent a cultural rebirth that changed the entire world, bearing the architectural mastery of the Renaissance. However now, there appears to be a detachment within modern architecture and little work for the many architects who are being forced to emigrate.

Courtesy of 120g

Courtesy of 120g

Tuscanyness presents a dramatic portrayal of the abandonment and neglect that the region’s architecture has fallen into over the last 60 years, exploring the root causes of the problem. Interviewing a range of forward-thinking Italian architects, 120g’s documentary shares their perseverance to establish a vision of the future to recreate the spirit of the Renaissance and form a dialogue with the heritage of the country. The film covers the topic of identity, landscape, and beauty associated Tuscany’s classical and modern architecture as discussed by the architects.

Courtesy of 120g

Courtesy of 120g

Having premiered late last year, Tuscanyness has traveled around Europe and has recently been released online for the public to learn from the experiences of working in a region overshadowed by its past and the fight to restore faith in Tuscany’s contemporary architecture. The Pisa-based cultural association, 120g, has also been involved in many other projects concerning architecture both in Italyand abroad to promote interdisciplinary and transversal cultural activities between architecture, the visual arts, and engineering.

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Courtesy of 120g

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