We know that Italians conquered the food world, right about the same time that poor man's polenta became so chic, it was priced at about $5 per sliver. Baloney, or Bologna's melt-in-your-mouth mortadella was something you only dreamed of finding on your plate at Happy Hours. Then, they did it again when they won over the American FDA in the 80s, and were allowed to ship over their prosciutto by the ton. Competing ferociously for the American dollar, Italian wines -- and my favorite, prosecco, still carry the day, if not the entire evening as well.
In the 90s, we were treated to the Slow Food Movement. Italy's singular response by a great visionary to the encroachment of McDonald's on its shores. And in 2010, Eataly took New York by a storm. So, what could they ever do for an encore? Ancora! (More!) that's what.
Incredibly, Italians, by their own admission, have reignited yet another passion (for all us food lovers with peasant hearts): La Scarpetta. My favorite way to eat food. I'm not even sure of the etymology here, but, it translates to...ripping off that sumptious corner of delectable bread, and scraping your plate with it until you've soaked up the very last drop. Let's just say that in finer households, this is say, frowned upon. But it would seem of late...that people are getting caught - shall we say, red wine-handed?? Food has never tasted more delizioso.
|You can take the kid out of America... but can't take the American outta the kid, especially if brownie batter is involved|
I had a boyfriend break up with me after I ordered a pizza to go - in a pizza box (it was half the pie, hardly just one slice).
Do you think there's anything wrong with bringing home the bacon?