The grandfather of the Italian half had a friend. This friend was from Sicily, and his surname was Piccolo (Small). The grandfather was from Piedmont and during all his life he was referring to his friend as Il Piccolo (capital letters) making his granddaughter think that this man was il piccolo (lowercase), a tiny guy. NOTE: you can now understand why case sensitivity is important. Both the grandfather and the friend were living in Piedmont. Il Piccolo had a wife and, later, a daughter in law, both from Sicily. They were cooking this extraordinary, exotic food that were totally unknown to the grandfather and his family. Luckily for everyone, the family of Il Piccolo was generous and the family of the grandfather was curious and grateful. The granddaughter can still remember the sense of awe and expectation when the grandfather was arriving with a pot containing something cooked by the wife of Il Piccolo. There were two options: stuffed sardines or stuffed squids. Sardines were the granddaughter's favorite. Here they are. For many years the granddaughter tried to make then as the ones prepared by the legendary wife of Il Piccolo, and she must admit that this time they taste quite similar (thanks to the recipe by ilmondodirina.blogspot.com) That's it. Friendship is a stuffed sardine.