Of all the flatbreads around the world, there is one that in a certain region of Italy is synonym with holidays: piadina romagnola. Flatbreads are a great example of what I like to call “food universals”: they are a common element to many culinary cultures and help us understand how even the most local, typical, identitarian foods are in fact clear expressions of what humans have in common.
Salt: the one ingredient you can find in just about every recipe you’ll ever cook is probably the most overlooked, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? As Soup As Possible travelled to the West coast of Sicily, to discover how salt-winning has been shaping the natural landscape in harmony with wildlife for over two thousand years.
To get to Franco Pepe, you need to leave the beaten path of the usual pizza pilgrimages. His Pepe In Grani – recently declared the best pizzeria in Italy and in the world – waits for you at the end of a treasure hunt throughout the beautiful province of Caserta.
Some foods are to their territory what DNA is to a living organism: a bite sums up the spirit, history and identity of the place. The bread of Matera is one of those foods.
Chocolate: unless you rank among the rare creatures who don’t like it, it’s safe to assume you have already enjoyed part of your weekly share. If you’re reading this in Ireland, Germany or Switzerland, this would amount to about 200g (people with chocolate allergies and those on a diet will excuse me). Even for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth, chocolate is a given, an obvious fact of life, together with other exotic yet very familiar goods like coffee or tea.
The whole world knows some version of Italian pizza, but not many can say they have had Neapolitan pizza fritta (deep-fried pizza). Yet this typical street food from the most popular areas of Naples seem to have an even older tradition than its oven-baked sister.
Making pasta is easier said than done. Ask the French website lambasted for defiling the recipe of pasta alla carbonara in a recent video that ignited international outrage before being removed by popular demand. Don’t mess with the sacred things in life! There are places where this typical Italian food is taken very seriously. As Soup As Possible travelled to the Italian town of Gragnano, allegedly the capital city of pasta, to see how it’s made.
Never take the good things for granted, especially when they’re your favourite food! I lived a spoiled life in the world’s biggest artichoke garden without even knowing, until I moved to an artichoke-deprived land in 2012.
This week As Soup As Possible takes you on a trip to Bra, Northern Italy, to discover Piedmont’s cuisine. The Piedmont region is one of the greenest in the country and the second largest after Sicily. Its majestic landscapes hold treasures of taste for foodies and wine lovers.