Letter “C” :: Castagne vs Marroni
Letters from Italy

Letter “C” :: Castagne vs Marroni

I realize that autumn has arrived when the scent of roast chestnuts is in the air. Only after I smell it do I really think that summer is a faraway memory and I need to put on heavier clothes, as if my brain refuses to admit that the time for shorts and flip flops is over. Continue reading

Letter “S” & “B” :: Stoccafisso vs Ba(c)calà
Letters from Italy

Letter “S” & “B” :: Stoccafisso vs Ba(c)calà

“Bacalà (one “c”) alla vicentina” is one of the signature dishes of Italian cooking heritage. The funny thing about it is that the main ingredient – “bacalà” – is not what people usually mean i.e. salted codfish, but Stockfish – i.e. dried cod. This misunderstanding started in XV century with Venetian merchant Messer Piero Querini, … Continue reading