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The Supreme Macaroni Company (Valentine #3)

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For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This historic business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the school teacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Harper (first published August 1st 2013)
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Susan
Dec 02, 2013 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I have long been a fan of the novels of Adriana Trigiani. I particularly enjoyed reading about Valentine Roncalli, a designer of custom made shoes and her big Italian family. "The Supreme Macaroni Company" is, I believe, the third book in a trilogy about Valentine and her family and her family's business. The author shines when she is describing the ups and downs that are common in Valentine's big Italian family. Coming from a big Italian family myself, her voice is authentic and very enjoyable...more
Michelle
The Supreme Macaroni Company is bad. Valentine is pathetic in this third novel. The much-anticipated wedding is rushed in an effort to get the stresses of their new marriage, but therein lies much of the problem. Most people know that marriage is tough, and there is an adjustment period for all newlyweds. Most people also realize that there are certain subjects that an engaged couple should discuss before finalizing their vows. Apparently, Valentine is not “most people” because she fails to not...more
Gloria Bernal
I am a die-hard-Trigiani-fan. It is very difficult for me to give this author anything less than a 4 star rating, but feel compelled to in this case. The “substance” of the plot-line just wasn’t enough to make this a compelling un-put-downable novel for me, as hers usually are. Yes, there is still the wit, and some real gems in here. The Italian-family-bantering, ever present, especially true to form when the planning of the wedding between the two main characters takes place. Think “Big Fat Gre...more
Maria
Dec 09, 2013 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I love Adriana Trigiani. I do. I have read every one of her books. This one just left me flat. I am so sorry but it did. I was left with the feeling that the author just wanted to finish off this trilogy. There was so MUCH to work with and so little was really addressed and what was addressed was not addressed well in my opinion.

Now before I get booed let me say this. The Shoemaker's Wife is one of my al time favorite books and that is what I was basing this series on. Since it was in 3 books I...more
Jennifer Garcia
This story is just another reason as to why Adriana Trigiani is one of my most favorite authors. In this book, the end of the trilogy, she touched me with all the feels one could imagine. Tissue warning.

The book brought me, once again, to the table of the crazy Italian American family. A table that I know so well and remember with such fondness. The crazy aunt, the loud voices always talking over each other, and the bickering.

The connections, the names, and the meaning behind it all just kept...more
Audrey Dailey
I did not like this book as much as I wanted to. I really like Adriana Trigiani and I was looking forward to reading it quite a bit...maybe the anticipation set my sights too high.
The story line was pretty good but I felt like I couldn't get a bead on the characters, which may be due to the fact that this is the third book about them and I read the other two a while ago. I felt like it just showed snapshots in the life of this woman and I couldn't figure out what she wanted. It just seemed kind...more
Linda
Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors for easy to read so called ‘women’s fiction’. I find them a nice break when I want something generally quick, easy and enjoyable. I have read most of her books and have really liked every one of them. Until today.

This is supposed to be the final book in the “Valentine” trilogy, where we have been following the life of Valentine Roncalli, a custom shoemaker with a very large Italian family, living in New York and trying to find love while building he...more
Amanda
Oct 02, 2013 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I must admit that I started this book with a little bit of irritation at the author for taking so long to provide me with this, the third and supposedly final book in the Valentine trilogy.
I have terrible book recall so I had to spend some of my valuable reading time to get reacquainted with the series before starting on The Supreme Macaroni Co. Those feelings vanished as soon as I re entered Valentines world. What a nice place to make a return visit to. The Supreme Macaroni Co. picks up at the...more
Holly
I've been a fan of Trigiani's books in the past but I don't know if I'm now "growing out of them" or her writing has simply stopped progressing such that there's nothing much new to read in her work. I feel like it's just another family saga where not too much happens other than some fun dynamics at family dinners, etc. I'll admit that some of the repartee between characters is amusing and that the wit and humor she imbues along the way is delightful. That said, the story line is maudlin and the...more
Joyce
I like most of Trigiani's books whether its the Big Gap series, the Valentine series or her memoir about her grandmothers.

This book was just sort of anti-climactic and could almost have been a story in a magazine, rather than a novel in this series.
Frankly, it left me wanting more of a story. But, perhaps its just a prelude to the next Valentine novel?

A bit of a let down. The writing is good, just too much focus on the crazy Italian family get togethers and their bantering back and forth.

I am st...more
Laurel-Rain
In this third novel in the Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli and Gianluca Vecchiarelli are joining their lives in matrimony. Valentine is a shoe designer who lives in Greenwich Village, in the apartment over the shop where her grandmother before her lived and worked.

Gianluca is an Italian tanner, whose life in Italy included a previous marriage and a grown daughter. For Valentine, this is a first marriage, and she is eighteen years younger than he. Can their love overcome the differences bet...more
Abbie
It pains me to give only two stars to a novel by Adriana Trigiani. But alas, it must be done.

I received an Advance Reader's Edition of the book. I've read ARE's before but never has there been so many grammar, punctuation and other typographical mistakes. There were words missing, quotes that were followed by some sort of shorthand to say, "this will be translated to Italian". Since this is an Advance Reader's Edition, I SWEAR I'm not judging the book based on a misplaced comma.

This book just...more
Wendy
I was disappointed overall with this chapter in Valentine's story (though I think this is the last one, so says the author?) as the character seemed to lose all her backbone and spine and be all swoon-y and in love in a way that meant she had to give up her common sense. Her and Gianluca never made sense to me. Too much hiding things from each other. It just seemed very un-Valentine from all the previous novels. As well, the whole story just felt very rushed.

I love Adriana, but one can't expect...more
Dale Harcombe
I seem to make a habit of reading books without having read others in the series. I had read The Shoemaker’s Wife which I loved, but the not the other novels about this family and Valentine. I found Valentine to be selfish, ambitious, driven and prone to not thinking things through carefully, if at all. She is woman who goes after what she wants and usually gets it. Her choices and reactions at times struck me as bizarre. And yet, even though at times I felt like clipping her around the ear and...more
Sarah Beth
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from HarperCollins.

Set in 2010, The Supreme Macaroni Company follows the life of Valentine Roncalli, an Italian American who is running her family's famous company, the Angelini Shoe Company. Valentine has agreed to marry the Italian Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner who produces the leather for her shoe company. Yet Valentine is determined to have her way in their marriage, and to accomplish everything on her own terms. She soon learns the difficulty...more
Dan Radovich
How can anyone not fall in love with Trigiani and her ability to tell a story? I admit that I need to catch up with her backlist to fill me in with Valentine, but I was not in the dark reading this installment. Her writing is smooth and fluid, story filled with details and wonderful characters you just want to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or good meal with. (I have met Ms Trigiani at many BEA events and each time walked away in awe of her fan-dom. I understand their enthusiastic devotion). SUPR...more
Damaskcat
The first book I read by this author was 'Very Valentine'. While I wasn't keen on Valentine herself as a character I did like the background and that kept me reading. I wanted to give the series of novels another chance so I tried this latest one in the series. Unfortunately I liked it even less than the first one I read.

I can understand that the book is well written and the background of an Italian immigrant family in New York is evocative - so much so that I could practically see, smell and ta...more
Mary
Adriana Trigiani has been a favorite of mine since she wrote the big gap trilogy about Ave Marie in the hills of Tennessee. I have read about her grandparents and how they came to NYC and started the Angelini Shoe Company on Perry Street in the Village.

This story was funny and sad, I think is the mark of a great author. She held me from the first page to the last. Telling the story of the granddaughter, Valentine, of the two people who started the shoe company.

She is the only daughter from an It...more
Pat
I have been a fan of Adriana Trigiani from her first trilogy Big Stone Gap.

I have read every book she has written. I am Italian and so enjoy her writing,

because I identify with the family, the Italian words she uses and the family

dinners at grandma's,it was all part of my upbringing.

My favorite book being Lucia, Lucia, I could have read a new

chapter in this book everyday for the rest of my life.

I have read the Valentine trilogy with a loving heart for the heroine and great

anticipation for t...more
Sarah
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bookczuk
I normally like Trigiani's books as little escapes into another slice of life. I've enjoyed this series about Valentine a great deal, watching her grow, and make life decisions. I've also enjoyed the depiction of "the big Italian-American family" and how much it resembles other "big fill-in-the-blank-ethnicity families I know. Also, the design process for shoes that has threaded through the books has been fascinating. This book carried a lot of Trigiani's skill as a script writer, often enabling...more
Julie
I can count on Adriana Trigiani to leave me feeling two things: That sated feeling that comes after reading a good story well-told, and a strong desire to be Italian.

I feel that way again, even if this book wasn't my favorite in the Valentine trilogy.
Sue Seligman
I just finished reading this final installment to the Valentine trilogy last night. I had the privilege of attending 2 book signings with Adriana Trigiani in the last year and a half, the first one was for the paperback edition of The Shoemaker's Wife, and most recently a brunch to promote this novel. Adriana Trigiani is a personable, warm, funny, down to earth individual who exudes charm and emotion. She takes the time to personally talk with her readers as she signs their books, and always wri...more
Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars - Life, love and family...Italian style!

This third book in the series, after Very Valentine: A Novel and Brava, Valentine: A Novel, is definitely not a stand-alone so you will most certainly need to have read those others prior to starting it to get the full scope of the trilogy. This one was not as happy and fun for me, it didn't create the same mood and feelings that the previous books had. In fact, it was very sad. I had enjoyed the other books because of the connection the...more
Melinda
Review originally published on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
4.0 Stars


So, you know what I didn't know about this book? That it is the third installment in a trilogy! In fact, I didn't find this out until I was about 2/3 of the way through the book! (Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine are the first two installments). It is because of this fact that I feel this review will be a little incomplete.

You see, I did find some strange things about this book--the character development was weaker...more
Jessica
The Supreme Macaroni Company called to me, both because it was by Adriana Trigiani and because of the Italian heritage I knew would run deep in it. I'm always fascinated by glimpses into the lives of others. I also love Trigiani's ability to bring a whole family, an entire clan of loving, swearing, supportive people, to life. I was ready to get lost in another of her books.

Keep in mind I had no idea this was the third book in a series. Apparently Valentine's story has been going on for two books...more
Karen
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Laura
I love Adriana Trigiani. Every time I pick one of her books up, I know I'm not getting any work done that day. Even when I put her books down, I'm still thinking about it. She creates these amazing, real and substantial characters that you get to know and love. She also knows how to create a beautiful picture in the head of the reader. I feel like I can see perfectly every setting that she visited.

I really enjoyed this book as I have the others in the Valentine series but I do think that it's m...more
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“In The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York's Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unf...more
Cameran
There is just something about Adriana Trigiani books -- and the Valentine series in particular -- that warms my heart and leaves me with life lessons to think about. In the final installment of this trilogy Valentine is on the verge of having it all. The custom wedding shoes business that she has inherited from her grandmother is stable; the mass retail shoe line she has begun is on the cusp of fruition; and the love of her life has asked her to marry him. Once you mix in the endearing (and hila...more
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