The family immigrated to America in 1931 with 12 year old Fay, 3 year old sister, Rosa and two year old brother, James. Siblings, Michael and Mary would be born later, in Claremont, New Hampshire, where Fay’s father owned and operated a cobbler shop. He had learned the trade in Italy and brought his skills and his family to America, the land of opportunity…though in the terrible grip of a worldwide recession, that became known in modern history, as the Great Depression.
The teen age Fay Costa, learned her cooking skills by helping her mother, Raffaela, who was a renowned cook. Homemade sausages, wonderful pasta sauces, beautiful breads and pastries.
An Italian home, filled with love, laughter and amazing food, most of which they grew themselves, along with various chickens and livestock.
A grown up Fay, married Alexander DiPiro, a great chef, from a family of chefs. Evelyn, born in 1938, was lucky enough to be nurtured and taught by two families that loved to cook.
After years of working in restaurants in New York, Vermont and Florida, Fay, Alexander and Evelyn settled in Fairhaven. Alex went to work as manager and chef at his brother, Antonio’s restaurant, which is now known as Freestone’s. Fay worked at Lucas Diner, Smith’s Restaurant and Nap’s on the Fairhaven bridge. Sadly, Alex succumbed to Hodgkins Disease in 1958.
A year later Fay and her younger brother Mike, went to work at the Nest restaurant, a well-known eatery in Mattapoisett.