Five years after Karen Price and I co-wrote and published the history of Nelson's Italian community, Pasta, Prayer & Promise, we were both on hand for the official unveiling of a heritage panel celebrating the community. As it happened, I was wearing two hats at the ceremony, Italian historian and speaking on behalf of the City of Nelson Civic Trust, which jointly funded the panel with the Nelson City Council and which I am a trustee of. The doubled sided panel is on the corner of Tasman and Grove Streets, right in the heart of The Wood - Nelson's own Little Italy. On one side is the story of The Wood and the other, the Italians who called it home. On hand to share the occasion was a large representation of the Italian community and Wood residents, as well as the Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli and City Councillor Gaile Noonan.