Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat, and it's a word we love to use 'round these parts.
We asked Chef Mario Batali - an active practitioner of this philosophy - to explain why eating locally is in such great taste.
And seriously, we could just sit there and listen to him pronounce "scorpacciata" all darned day long.
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Previously - Mario Batali? Who taught you to love food?
Love your comment Bob and Botch's comment, "This time of year I gorge on tomatoes, peaches and sweetcorn. . . !" means that Botch is a big pig.
Why does anyone listen to a word Mario Fat Tally says? Nasty fame whore & not really a very good chef if you've ever eaten at one of his venues. Too fatty & over-portioned. Nothing like the great food you get in Italy. Also consistently arrogant & dismissive service. & way over-priced for the quality. Go to Olive Garden if you want to get stuffed on over-cooked pasta & bad sauce.
Sounds like you had a bad experience (Babbo?) but I've actually really enjoyed most of his restaurants. Have you ever tried Casa Mono (16th or 17th and Irving, in NYC). Tapas restaurant with a bent towards over-looked cuts of meat. Fantastic–reasonably priced, consistently delicious, and no massive portions of over-cooked pasta, that's for sure.
Whether or not this word means eating seasonally and in abundance, the concept is a great idea. We've found that eating seasonally, locally serves as its own diet. We desire tomatoes in January but wait until we can get those with great flavor in July. We gorge on them for a few weeks and then taper off until they are gone. By then we're on to winter squash, greens, and root vegetables. The cravings begin again, the eating begins again . . . . You get the idea. Eating seasonally and locally also means no packaged food.
This time of year I gorge on tomatoes, peaches and sweetcorn. So that's what it's called!
Spare us your rules Salati :)
This is directed at most of you people who have so stupidly responded to the story. Please go away! You only respond to any story , so as just be be insulting or just plain stupid. Why you are alive is a question to me.
That meaning of scorpacciata is known only to Mario Batali. No italian (real italian, like me) thinks scorpacciata means that.
That might explain why Treccani's vocabulary (which is known to be a more reliable source of information that this Batali guy is) gives you a different, simpler meaning: "Grande e abbondante mangiata".
Check it out yourself at http://www.treccani.it/Portale/homePage.html
According to several Italian dictionaries, scorpacciata is nothing more than "stuffing oneself" or "gorging on food". Nowhere does it say that this applies to local food! It applies to any food...including Big Macs and Whoppers!
I also do not see any beauty in this word. This is another attempt to market one more pseudo (food) fad in this "overstuffed" field. The last thing I want to have is a scorpacciata (of anything).
You always got picked last for the team didn't you.
but you feel the need to let your verbal diareah leak onto the internet
Someone should ask Mario Batali what the Italian word is for "massive cardio-pulmonary infarction". Hit a treadmill, Mario.
He's actually looking really great these days! Like, you see him and wonder who are you and what have you done with half of Mario Batali?
Last time I saw Mario his hands were shaking very badly and his blood pressure was sky high.Glad to hear he is controlling his life better.
That's me on Saturday morning once in a while after a tough Friday night out. Stupid Tequila on an empty stomach. Oops!
its a nasty beast
Makes me want to be a farmer.
No,You cannot hug my dog unless you have a SuperDooperPooperScooper signed by Troy Aikman,and only then with a certificate of authenticity!
you are an idiot
Kat-You changed the spelling of the word! Or Maybe Mario contacted Anthony Bourdain-who contacted Emeril-who then contacted Rocco who was stoned on his Mama"s meatballs,to get an accurate spelling. Good job and you get an A for the finals this week. Have a Great Weekend and don't work Sarah so hard-she is a newbie.
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