5 Regional Italian Comfort Foods
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An I. November 11, 2014
I am a Canadian who is living in Rome Italy for 20+ years and I have to agree with the fact that a lot of Italian food is comfort food, although I do think that more and more Italians are aware of what comfort food means. Italians have a way of incorporating English words into their vocabulary such as spray, internet, social network, comfort food etc. I think the word that better describes in Italian "comfort food" is "casareccio" which means homemade and so food that's familiar and inviting that reminds people of home.
Ah, you may have slightly misunderstood what I wrote, I didn't mean at all that Italians aren't aware of what comfort food is - they definitely know what it is! I was just suggesting (light-heartedly of course) that there's no need in the Italian language for the phrase because all their food is comforting! Hence the use of the English phrase ;) Casareccio is definitely much more about homemade, as you say, I don't think it conveys quite the same meaning as comfort food.
gpbondi November 10, 2014
I am italian/american and when I try to explain comfort food to my italian friends they kind of don't get it.... I guess because most italian food IS comfort food!!! However, one of my family's favorite passatelli al brodo. A fix-all for everything from the common cold to teen-age drama!!!!
Absolutely! My Tuscan husband would totally agree with the passatelli al brodo thing! In fact, I wrote about the recipe here: https://food52.com/blog/9331-passatelli-in-brodo
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