September 10th, 2010
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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.

Download a copy of Mario's free cookbook The Celebrity Pasta Lovers' Cookbook at and Barilla will donate $1 (up to $150,000) to the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Previously - Mario Batali? Who taught you to love food?

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  1. Shambala

    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.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Erik

    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.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • KDirty

      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.

      September 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • jimmy

      October 27, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  3. Ozarkhomesteader

    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.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Botch

    This time of year I gorge on tomatoes, peaches and sweetcorn. So that's what it's called!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  5. Derek

    Spare us your rules Salati :)

    September 13, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  6. mike

    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.

    September 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  7. Andrea Salati

    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

    September 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  8. Gustavo

    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).

    September 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
    • Keith1952

      You always got picked last for the team didn't you.

      September 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
      • don't see the beauty

        but you feel the need to let your verbal diareah leak onto the internet

        September 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  9. Bob

    Someone should ask Mario Batali what the Italian word is for "massive cardio-pulmonary infarction". Hit a treadmill, Mario.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      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?

      September 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
      • RichardHead

        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.

        September 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        That's me on Saturday morning once in a while after a tough Friday night out. Stupid Tequila on an empty stomach. Oops!

        September 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
      • tequila

        its a nasty beast

        September 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  10. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Makes me want to be a farmer.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • PairazzHilton

      No,You cannot hug my dog unless you have a SuperDooperPooperScooper signed by Troy Aikman,and only then with a certificate of authenticity!

      September 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
      • superdooperpooperscooper

        you are an idiot

        September 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  11. RichardHead

    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.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
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