Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Italy has some strange gastronomic traditions.

Last night as I arrived home from the gym I was met by Giampietro and Agnese who wanted to invite us upstairs tonight for a special dinner. Agnese explained that she is making the special traditional dish of Caldogno (town where we live). Apparently the meal consists of:

First course - Some kind of risotto, I didn't quite get what was in it.
Main course - Eggs, Broccoli & olive oil.

I asked if they needed me to bring a meat dish and they flipped out and explained that no meat dish is needed with this meal. OK, I can go for that. But looking at the menu, it just seems a little strange, like something is missing. So first we had the traditional northern Italian meal, then it was the traditional meal eaten in the Veneto region. Then it was the traditional Vicentina dish. Now I find out that my little town of about 5,000 also has a "traditional dish". I suppose next month I'll find out that my neighborhood has a traditional dish as well? Perhaps even a "traditional dish" of my apartment buiding?

I'm starting to think that the neighbors are making up Italian holidays and "special traditional meals" for the sole purpose of being able to spend more time with the X Man. Hmmm...

2 comments:

LorelieLong said...

Sounds like you have a great potential source for babysitting there. . .

Anyways, yes, I did know David but I thought he'd moved to Virginia or where ever to be with his fiance??

Rik said...

LL - Yes, but the rest of his family is still there. Al lyou have to do is look at the number of cars with that little yellow sticker on the back bumper. Davide once told me that 75% of his business was from Americans and it was all word of mouth.