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Sauce or Gravy? Dan Blaine DBLIVIT Not a few times during my youth I ate Sunday dinner at my friend's house. They were an Italian-American family who migrated from Layton Avenue in New Brighton to the "country"...out in Eltingville on Amboy road.

Anyhow, when we ate the delicious pasta and meatballs, they called the tomato sauce "gravy". Years later, while visiting with some other Italian-American relatives on Long Island, they also called the sauce "gravy".

My question: is this a SI/greater NYC figure of speech for the sauce...or could it be my acquaintances' ancestors came from the same area in Italy where sauce was called (translated into) "gravy"?

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