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Thanksgiving Spotlight: Tony D'Errico

This Queens, New York native makes an Italian stuffing that is 'delicioso'! And guess why turkey is his favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Name: Tony D'Errico

City of residence: Manhattan Beach

Occupation: Business owner

What are some things that you like about MB? 
Living in Manhattan Beach for the past 16 years and being married to my wife, Kris Mackerer-D'Errico, who grew up here, has given me some amazing ties to the community. We are privileged as residents to be surrounded by the natural beauty of our beaches, ocean, and environment and to have a strong 100-year history with a small town community feel where neighborhoods and family are valued and cherished. 

What don’t you like about MB? 
What we have in MB today is second to none, but it is not an entitlement and it is never guaranteed for tomorrow. I would like us to be even more proactive to ensure we maintain and better what makes this such a great place to live. 

What will you be doing on Thanksgiving and whom will you be with? 
We will be having a wonderful day with family and friends we love at Kris' dad's. The day will be filled with cooking, great family time, a delicious Thanksgiving feast and finished as usual, with a walk on the beach.  It doesn't get any better than that! 

What will your Thanksgiving meal consist of? 
Of course a big turkey, and everyone is bringing great traditional sides. Kris and I will be bringing an Italian stuffing made with sweet sausage and Locatelli cheese. This recipe has been in my family since before I was born; it's delicioso!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Why? 
I love the turkey but not because it's tradition. Kris and I always get to take home the bones to make homemade turkey soup, inspired by the way my aunt Antoinette used to make it. The kitchen smells just amazing while that pot of freshness is simmering on the stove. It bring new meaning to Thanksgiving "seconds". 

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?  
Family and friends being together enjoying a great day and giving thanks for everything we are so fortunate to have. We usually go around the table and each one of us tells what we have to be thankful for this year. 

What was your childhood Thanksgiving like? 
Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was always at our house in College Point, Queens, NY.  One big table that went from the dining room through the living room set for about 30. College Point was a small town like Manhattan Beach and many of my aunts and uncles lived nearby. I guess that's why I love big gatherings at the holidays. 

What’s your favorite hang out spot in MB? 
We are fortunate to have so many great ones, its hard to pick just one. It can be as simple as a walk on the pier or sitting with friends at any one of our fabulous restaurants or bars enjoying a glass of wine and good conversation with the locals and visitors alike.  

How would you describe Manhattan Beach in three words? 
My home forever.

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