Big Anthony will always be a favorite among children. Strega Nona says it best in describing her bumbling but lovable assistant: "He's adorable...but Mama Mia!" How did Big Anthony find Strega Nona in her little house in Calabria? From the day he is born on a farm in northern Italy, Big Anthony gets into trouble because he doesn't pay attention. He causes so many disasters that when he is a teenager, his father sends him south. Some of the cities he passes through on his way to Calabria — Pisa, Firenze, Roma and Napoli — will never be the same.