Polenta Pot, Pedroncelli Family

Italian immigrants played many important roles in the development of the modern California wine industry. As laborers, vineyardists, winemakers, entrepreneurs, and businessmen, Italian Americans helped shape the industry that emerged in the decades following the 1933 Repeal of Prohibition.
Many immigrants came from the Piedmont area of northern Italy, bringing their culinary knowledge and foodways traditions to California. One of the staple dishes in northern Italy is polenta, a thick porridge made of ground corn, which became a mainstay of many immigrants’ tables in America. This well-used copper polenta pot was used by the Pedroncellis of Geyserville, California. One of the family’s favorite recipes was venison stew served on polenta.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
copper (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 18 1/2 in x 9 5/8 in; 17.78 cm x 46.99 cm x 24.4475 cm
overall: 8 in x 18 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 46.99 cm x 24.13 cm
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Gift of Pedroncelli Family
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National Museum of American History


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