She was the most loved grandmother on the web, with her popular wisdom, with her being anchored to traditions (especially culinary, her ragù was a cult) with her boundless love for children and grandchildren. A love that was not only for fiction, but real, for the many acquired grandchildren. Goodbye to Rosetta Rinaldi, 89 years old, who a month ago still managed to shoot an exhilarating video on energy saving. Sitting in an armchair, because after the fracture of the femur she had been moving for months with great difficulty, with her morale knocked out by the Covid enclosure, she still managed to find the right verve to elicit laughter from the almost 5 million followers on Casa Surace’s social networks , web phenomenon with its North-South catchphrases of off-site children and packages from down below full of goodies. With Pasqui and Ricky (Bruno Galasso and Riccardo Botteghelle), mother Antonietta (Antonella Morea), niece Rosa (Fernanda Pinto) and a troop of friends and relatives.
Rosetta’s entry into the Casa Surace universe had been accidental. They’d tried a couple of potential grandmothers, but without the necessary spark. Then Beppe Polito, set designer of the videos and his real nephew, ventured: “But do we want to try grandma Rosetta?”. It was 2016 and from that moment the life of Rosetta Rinaldi, 83 years old at the time, Neapolitan from San Giorgio a Cremano, widow for 30 years and long since moved to Sala Consilina, (operating base of Casa Surace) had been totally revolutionized. She herself often recalled it: «The cast needed an elderly woman who would play the role of the group’s grandmother and my nephew mentioned my name. I only had to shoot a video, but instead I became their official grandmother». And at Casa Surace tears are shed because in recent years the work group has become a family. This is the message in a post on social media, accompanied by a photo of the grandmother with a clog in her hand: «Goodbye grandmother. We call you grandma, because to all of us you truly were a grandmother, as well as the best friend. And today those who offer us condolences make us smile through tears, as if we were all your grandchildren. We’re sure you’re somewhere now preparing a ragu that will pipipite for as many hours as you want, and we greet you with the last words you said for our big family: Stattackort. We are aware, don’t worry. Hello, Grandma Rosetta».
Antonella Morea, experienced Neapolitan actress who plays grandmother Rosetta’s daughter, is sad, but remembering her she can’t help but smile: «She was Beppe’s grandmother but she had become a real grandmother for everyone. She was funny in a natural way, she had a size, to use a Neapolitan term, truly unique. She had suddenly found herself from the four steps taken for shopping in the country, to travel, participation in TV programs of which she was an avid viewer. She couldn’t believe it. And she had also received the Lydia Cottone Prize reserved for excellence in Campania for women in all sectors ». The director Simone Petrella (also author with Daniele Pugliese and Alessio Strazzullo), is overwhelmed by the affection of grandmother Rosetta’s fans and by the countless messages received. “We had hilarious experiences with her during travels,” he recalls. Once we went to Vico Equense all together for an event. By now she had become famous and therefore many of her recognized her on the street and asked her hello grandmother Rosetta, how are you?. She pretended to recognize them. And then she said to us: «But how do they remember me? I last came to Vico 20 years ago!». Now I’m moved thinking about the fact that she, yes, she was happy to be part of this adventure, but deep down she had done it for us. replace it? No, we won’t.” Her video on Covid has been around the world, translated into 20 languages and disseminated in 40 states on news and social networks with 500 million views. The last thought comes from Daniele Pugliese, one of the founders: «You were my third grandmother, my best friend! Have a nice trip, Grandma Rosetta, let the maronna take you away!».