CULATELLO AND MICCA BREAD
SERVED WITH A CUP (called FOJETA) OF FORTANA WINE
Tale 162: Medicine
Peppone is in hospital and Don Camillo brings him
bread, culatello and Lambrusco
“… Waves of nostalgia washed over him with every mouthful and every sip:
his fields, his rows of trees, his river, his fog, his sky …
He ate and drank slowly, not to overindulge
but to appreciate the flavours of his land more fully …”
Tale 153: Emporio Pitaciò
The village invites a singer to perform in the square and while waiting for his arrival, the villagers try to make his stay worthy.
“… It seemed that everything was finally calm and that everything was going well
but the “Commendatore” asked for something to eat and they brought him… a plate of lasagne.
His assistant almost started crying:” Something… for a singer,
not a lioness!” he groaned.
Tale 282: Arrivals in town
An industrialist, tired of his work,
gets rid of everything and lands in Don Camillo’s church.
His doomed wife looks for him and, after finding him,
moves in to respect the principle that one must follow one’s husband.
“… His wife struggled a little to adjust, however,
after four years she had learned to make fantastic omelettes …
and how to cook wonderful chicken “cacciatora” and tripe …
After a fortnight she appeared to be ten years’ younger …”
ZABAGLIONE WITH MARSALA
Tale 312:Burnt-out youth
Two young Soviets, who have come to visit the cooperatives and wine cellars in Emilia with the Russian Commission,
run away and ask Don Camillo for asylum.
He takes advantage of the situation to show them how to live in a free country by putting them up
in the farms of members of his congregation.
“… Loroni was one of those tenant farmers who had bought the farm from the owner… the two were amazed to see how it was cultivated …
During breakfast (zabaglione with marsala and “nocino”), the girl sincerely realized that everything was a different story in Russia …”