Thinking and writing about food. Not always in that order.

Mario Batali, could you say something beautiful in Italian about the 3 pounds of tomatoes that will soon be rotting in my refrigerator?

In Italy, Things I like, Tomatoes on August 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

Since I’m American I hadn’t really thought about the fact that vegetables are “real,” have a “finite lifespan” and are “local and delicious.” What a quaint idea.

Score-pa-cha-ta. I’ll try saying that when I choose not to eat a crispy, pink tomato in February and I’m being laughed at by real Americans.

Score-pa-cha-ta. Maybe they’ll think I’m pulling some Harry Potter stuff and won’t hit me.

Score-pa-cha-ta. Maybe they won’t eat pink tomatoes either.

Thanks Mario.

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  1. Italians apply this same concept to many other parts of their daily living, for example the availability of doctors in their local hospitals. It is a very poetic culture.

    • Ida, in Italian scorpacciata can also mean hakuna matata, particularly as it relates to providing health care and selling bus tickets on Sundays.

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