Antonina departed from Italy on the SS American, arriving in New York on February 4, 1914. Several days later she joined her husband in Madison where they settled at 706 Seymour St., remaining there for 45 years. Daughter Clara remembers their favorite meal, "polenta on the board." Her mother would pour the polenta onto the large wooden board she used when making homemade noodles. Sections were cut from the polenta to make a map of the United States.