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Inside Lady Gaga’s Family Thanksgiving Traditions — Plus, Her Father’s ‘Nutellasagna’ Recipe

November 23, 2016

Pinterest Growing up in an Italian-American family in New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood, Lady Gaga‘s life was filled with food and family—before and especially after her meteoric rise to fame. In 2012, her parents — Joe and Cynthia — opened their restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, in their neighborhood and, on Tuesday, released their first cookbook. Joanne Trattoria Cookbook includes a collection of the Italian eatery’s recipes; snapshots of Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) and her younger sister Natali, 24, from their family photo album; and even memories shared by the famous family. PEOPLE has an exclusive excerpt from the book, in which Gaga’s mom Cynthia recalls a memorable Thanksgiving celebration after her daughter began topping the charts. “For Thanksgiving we decided to have a small dinner at the restaurant for the family and a few close friends who were in town. We weren’t even open yet, but we bought linens and set up tables in the back. The girls and I decorated for the holiday,” 62, writes in the book. “In the end, our small dinner swelled to over thirty guests: chef Art Smith and his husband, artist Jesus Salgueiro; our daughters and their boyfriends; some people from Stefani’s tour who were in the city for the holiday; and a number of close friends and family members.” Gaga, ever the performer, would go on to...

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