#357 I miss pasta fresca – 5

Corzetti, or in genovese dialect croxetti

round, flat, fresh pasta, from Liguria.

Plain or decorated, stampati ‘stamped’.

Created in the Middle Ages, decorated with the coat of arms of noble families, made with wooden hand-tool

(See also “I miss pasta fresca 1 – 2 – 3 – 4

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/313-i-miss-pasta-fresca-1/ ‎

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/315-i-miss-pasta-fresca-2/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/323-i-miss-pasta-fresca-3

 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/330-i-miss-pasta-fresca-4/ ‎ )

#348 I miss cibo da spiaggia – 1

There is a word in Roman slang: fagottari, from fagotto ‘bundle’, 

Fagottari: people who leave from the city to spend a day on the beach bringing a big fagotto full of food and drinks from home.

Here’s a few examples from the movie La famiglia passaguai (Aldo Fabrizi, 1959)

Not just fresh fruit and panini…

Table, table cloth, fiasco di vino, plates, pots…

Pocket lunch Italian way!

 

#313 I miss pasta fresca – 1

Fresh hand made pasta. Pasta ripiena, tagliatelle, lasagne

Or spaghetti alla chitarra

Named after the tool used to make them, the chitarra ‘guitar’

Deliciousness from Abruzzo

#304 I miss 1 maggio

Primo Maggio (May 1st)

Festa dei lavoratori, ‘workers day’

A national holiday in Italy. We celebrate work by taking a vacation. Very Italian uh?

One of the best ponti di primavera (see “I miss ponti” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/298-i-miss-ponti/ )

Normally people have a lunch or a grigliata (‘barbecue’) in the countryside,

many people attend the Concerto del Primo Maggio in Rome

Elio e le storie tese dedicated a satyrical song to the event…

(See also “I miss maggio” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/303-i-miss-maggio/ )

#293 I miss feste – 10

There’s a good reason if nobody ever worried about cooking too much food for Easter lunch. Because after Pasqua there is Pasquetta or Il lunedì dell’angelo (‘The Monday of the Angel’), and for Pasquetta we have a scampagnata! (See: “I miss scampagnata” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/273-i-miss-scampagnata/ and “I miss gita fuori porta” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/203-i-miss-gita-fuori-porta/ ) And leftovers are great!

But if you don’t have enough leftovers, there are many typical Pasquetta recipes for the traditional pic-nic Frittata di spaghetti

Casatiello

(See “I miss torte salate – 3” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/190-i-miss-torte-salate-3/ ) Tortano

Focaccia al salame e rosmarino

Agnello and carciofi fritti (‘deep fried lamb and hartchoke)

Buona Pasquetta a tutti!

(See also “I miss feste -1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/176-i-miss-feste/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/177-i-miss-feste-2/  https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/189-i-miss-feste-3/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/199-i-miss-feste-4/  https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/285-i-miss-feste-5 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/289i-miss-feste-6/ ‎ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/290-i-miss-feste-7 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/291-i-miss-feste-8/ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/292-i-miss-feste-9/ ‎)

#292 I miss feste – 9

And finally Pasqua (Easter)!

The major Italian festa along with Christmas.

The whole family meet for the Mass (even if you are not very observant) and for (surprise surprise) a big lunch.

We eat agnello (‘lamb’)

Carciofi, o carciofi ripieni

and la Colomba pasquale (‘Easter Dove’) the typical cake, now common all over Italy

Children receive uova di Pasqua, ‘Easter eggs’

In Campania they prepare the Pastiera

A rich cake filled with boiled wheat, ricotta, candied fruit, fragrance of orange flowers and spices

In Puglia they have the Scarcella

or Cuddura in Sicily

In Trieste they make the Pinza triestina, a sweet Easter bread

and in Lucca the Pasimata, another type of sweet bread, with raisins and spices.

And nobody worries about leftovers.

PS: The Easter Bunny is not a thing in Italy because… he would end up in a pot with olives and tomatoes…

(See also “I miss feste -1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/176-i-miss-feste/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/177-i-miss-feste-2/ 

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/189-i-miss-feste-3/

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/199-i-miss-feste-4/ 

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/285-i-miss-feste-5

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/289i-miss-feste-6/ ‎

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/290-i-miss-feste-7

https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/291-i-miss-feste-8/ )