Mangia Mangia

This is liver

This is liver

Sophia Swanson, Writer

 Mangia, Eat! Pasta and pizza this is what come to mind when most people think of Italian cuisine. Yet, there is so much more to Italian cuisine than pizza and pasta. In this article, I will talk about some of the things that go into Italian cuisine.

So what is the history of this food? The history of  Italian food is something overlooked by all, but we can learn so much about a culture from food. Italian food originated from ancient Greek and ancient Roman cuisine and dates back to as far as the 4th century BC. All the things that people love about Italian food like tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers didn’t even exist in Italy until the discovery of the new world’ (in the 1800s). The tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers were actually brought into Italy during the Renaissance. The cuisine of Italy is so important to Italians and their culture, that the colors of the Italian flag align with some of the most important ingredients; red for tomatoes, green for basil, and white for mozzarella. There are TONS of foods that originated from Italy and every one is unique in its own way and I thought I would touch on the foods that most people don’t know about.

Food #1 is called Neccio. Neccio, also called niccio, Ciaccio, or cian is fried, round, and flat like a pancake. Today this food is considered to be a desert or a sweet because of its taste. This food is from the mountain regions of Italy including Tuscany and Emilia but is also quite popular in France. Neccio is made from chestnut flour, water, and a little bit of salt. 

Food #2 fried cow brains. Fried cow brains, Cervelli Fritti, are a favorite from Florence a city in Tuscany. Italians believe that no part of the animal should be wasted. While this sounds disgusting to most people it is considered a delicacy. Many restaurants that you visit in Italy will often feature dishes with animal organs. These dishes are called Offal. 

When in Rome do as the Romans do try one of these unique foods. Who knows one of these might become one of your favorite dishes!