April - 11th Edition
GINJA Food & Lifestyle Magazine
“A tavola non si invecchia.” Translated
“ At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.”
Throughout the world, Easter is a time for family and traditions, what better time to share the world’s most iconic country for family and feast – Italy. This hot-blooded country serves up plate after plate of simple, well-rounded dishes. They are masters with the eggplant. And they have blessed us all with the greatest way to use boudoir biscuits: tiramisu. But it’s not just the actual food that makes Italy a food-lover’s paradise. It’s the way they think about their food that sets them apart from the rest.
On a recent visit to Vietri Sul Mare in Southern Italy, my husband and I set off in search of dinner. Now before I indulge you in my not so hostile kitchen takeover that evening, I need to give you a little history on the town itself. Located just north of Salerno along the Amalfi Coast, this seaside hamlet contains enough pottery to outfit every
home in southern Italy, and then some!
Fire-glazed and brightly painted with sunny images of everyday life, thousands of items are crammed into the small shops along the two or three main streets that make up the town. Buildings display embedded mosaics or painted scenes on their walls. Many of the shop exteriors are covered in ceramic façade, like wallpaper murals.
Ok, so back to my not so hostile kitchen invasion. We were drawn into a sidewalk pizzeria – Angolo Dei Sapori. Coaxed into what must be one of the smallest kitchens I’ve ever seen, I was soon GINJA food magazine learning this family’s kitchen secrets and ancient traditions. With typical dishes like “Scialatielli”, pasta with seafood;
“Parmigiana di melanzane”, fried eggplants with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese; “torta caprese” a soft cake with
almonds and chocolate. The rite of passage for this family is being handed the key to the sidewalk restaurant to carry on their family traditions. Note to the wise; the Campani region also boasts an antique tradition in wine making. To the delicate palette it has been known to strip paint from the walls!
So this month, we share with you traditions throughout the world, a few trade secrets and an indulgence or two. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.
Yours in food