There’s a second chance to hear Liz Brown’s documentary about the origins of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Italian community this Sunday (6th September) at 3pm.

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  1. Philip Cruci Says: September 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I listened intently to this programme as my grandparents arrived in South Wales in the early 1900’s when my grandfather Domenico Croci (changed to Cruci) at one time had 6 shops between Penrhiwceiber and Merthyr Tydfil. He teamed up with his brother Giovanni and step brother Cristoforo and they were known as the Cruci brothers. They began by selling ice cream then opened cafes/ fish & chip shops. Cruci family members continue to run cafes in Aberdare and Pontypridd. For the latter the Park View cafe opposite Ynysangharad Park has an excellent reputation for it’s fish and chips.

    I was surprised there was no mention of my Italian family during this programme though there was a mention of Pino’s and Gino’s in Tonypandy, the former which was supported by John and Ida Cruci of the Park View cafe – their daughter Rita Maria married Pino Rainieri. I have ran out of space so have to stop here!

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