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

Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco!
Letters from Italy

Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco!

In these days temperatures range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius (82 to 96 Fahrenheit) and everybody is looking for some “fresco”, i.e. some cool air/location. No doubt that having lunch or dinner “alfresco” [al-fres-koh] brings some relief from this sultry weather, however, the right way to say it in Italian is “pranzare/cenare all’aperto” or … Continue reading