Ancient Italian cuisine

Ancient Italian cuisine

Lot of food and drink appreciated in much of the world, including Italy, They owe their name to that of historical characters with which, one way or another, They came into contact; in this post we discover the origin, sometimes surprising, some of them.

 

 

 

Battle of Marengo

Battle of Marengo

Chicken Marengo

It seems incredible, but this dish today considered by gourmets, He began as dinner “emergency” in the battlefield of Spinetta Marengo (Alexandria), where the army of Napoleon He reported a famous victory 14 giungno of 1800.

After so many days of the camp and food was scarce so chef Dunand He remedied a meal with what was advanced, or chicken, tomatoes, eggs, Crayfish and some aroma; the addition of bread for croutons and a sprinkle of cognac preferred by Napoleon, He made this delicious food to the palate of the general, who ordered Dunand to cook it after every battle.

 

 

 

John Montagu fourth Earl of Sandwich

John Montagu fourth Earl of Sandwich

Sandwich

The world's most famous sandwich has a controversial Anglo-Saxon origin.

According to an ancient tradition, It takes its name from John Montagu fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), an avid card player in long sessions of competitions with friends, to lose no time, it would be granted only quick snacks of bread and beef, anecdote, But, according to recent studies, He would be born from the imagination of a writer of '700. It seems certain, however,, the Earl of Sandwich, tirelessly at the table, had already prepared these sandwiches with him so as not having to leave to eat.

 

 

 

Otto von Bismark

Otto von Bismark

Asparagus Bismarck…

…and not only, because dedicated to dishes great nineteenth century German statesman were many, an honor that chefs of the time wanted to give him as a thank you for the achieved unification of Germany.

Especially since, it is rumored, Bismark was also an excellent fork.

 

 

 

Vittore Carpaccio-Arrival of the Ambassadors, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia

Vittore Carpaccio-Arrival of the Ambassadors, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia

Carpaccio

This traditional Italian dish of raw meat seems born in Venice in 1950 in the restaurant Harry’s Bar, When Giuseppe Cipriani, owner of the premises, She prepared him for a prestigious client, the Countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo, he could not eat cooked meat.

It was the same Cipriani to give him the name, borrowing it from that of the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1525/6), author of paintings with a clear predominance of red and white color, just like the dish you just created, a set of thin slices of raw beef meat, accompanied by a white sauce made with mustard and mayonnaise.

 

 

 

The Queen Margherita of Savoy

The Queen Margherita of Savoy

Pizza margherita

This is probably the most well-known anecdote: in June 1889 Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito, to honor the illustrious guest Margherita di Savoia, first Queen of Italy, specially prepared this delicious dish tomato-based, mozzarella and basil, whose colors resembled those of the Italian flag.

This is at least the official version on the origin of pizza, but there is another, less known, that it would actually was created several decades before that celebrated the occasion.

 

 

 

Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

Fillet Chateaubriand

Maybe he could not rely too much on the physical qualities the French writer Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, but on those brilliant intellectual and writer surely, and also, it is said, the master chef.

It seems that during a diplomatic mission to England, her personal chef has prepared the beef fillet with butter and bearnaise sauce (butter and herbs), and that the dish, totally unknown across the Channel, It was much appreciated.

Hence the reputation of the culinary arts teacher of the great Romantic writer, a quality that would allow him to conquer many women, He is taken precisely “by the throat”.

 

 

 

Maria I Tudor detta "La sanguinaria"

Mary Tudor called “bloodroot”

Bloody Mary

We do not know if this cocktail made of tomato juice and vodka It was invented by the actor George Jessel or barman Petit Fernand, but it is certain that the name meant to refer to Maria I Tudor, Queen of England, also known as “Bloody Mary” (the drink It stands out for the bright red color).

Actually Maria, daughter of Henry VIII and older sister Elizabeth I, He was not even born cruel, but it was heavily affected by the violence of the environment and the family in which he lived, up to bring out the worst of themselves once gained power.

Despite the persecution and imprisonment of many Protestants, Mary was in no worse or more cruel effects of many other kings of.

 

 

 

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington

Fillet Wellinghton

The name of this dish made of meat fillet wrapped in crust, It would depend on whether the generale Wellinghton, famous for having finally defeated the epic Napoleonic troops Battle of Waterloo, It was desperately fond, or the fact that he was so indifferent to the food that the chefs at your service, not feeling appreciated, They ended up resigning.

According to this second version then, the imposed name to this type of meat derives from its shiny brown cylinder, similar to the boots of the British General. (photo: chefitalianinelmondo.wordpres.com, tefter.it, historyorb.com, albertoperconte.it , italica.rai.it, gazzettadelmezzogiorno.it, messainlatino.it , iltesorodicarta.blogspot.it, arteposter.it)