History of Parma Cuisine
Footnotes to Parmesan Gastronomy
"The cuisine of Giuseppe Verdi"
Giuseppe Verdi, son of his native land, loved cooking and good eating. Among his favorite dishes were tortelli filled with swiss chard and ricotta, with Lambrusco wine as accompaniment. A number of dishes have been inspired by Verdi, including "Spaghetti alla Traviata" prepared with tomato and fresh basil.
Verdi adored "Il Cova" a pastry shop in Milan founded in 1817. It was here that he bought for his second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, the panettone that was served, hot, at Christmas time. In the summer, "Il Maestro" served his guests a typically-Italian soft ice cream dessert made with butter, macaroons and lady fingers, then left to chill for a few hours in the ice-house at his villa at Sant'Agata.
From L. Arruga, Giuseppe Verdi gran cuoco, in Panorama, 16.11.2000, p 316.
RETURN TO INDEX