Naples by Anthony Bourdain

15 Mar

Gli eventi dell’ultimo periodo mi hanno fatto capire ancora più profondamente il mio legame con Napoli. È un rapporto egoista, lo so. Prendo dalla mia terra quello di cui ho bisogno, quando mi va. Poi me ne lavo le mani. Con la stessa determinazione con cui l’ho cercata e pretesa, riesco a lasciarmela alle spalle e a dimenticare le sue piaghe quando mi fa comodo. Ma è amore e non potrò mai negarlo. Per quanto dica di non poterci vivere una vita intera, non esiste altro posto che riesca a farmi vibrare in quel modo. Le sue contraddizioni sono anche le mie, i suoi fallimenti sono in parte causati anche da chi come me l’abbandona.

Così, tra tanto parlare di cucina estera, ho pensato di dedicarle un tributo a mio modo, ma per non cadere nel nostalgico e assicurare una prospettiva più oggettiva, lascio che sia uno straniero a parlare di Napoli. In questo video tratto dal programma No Reservations, lo chef e scrittore newyorkese Anthony Bourdain parte alla scoperta di Napoli, sulle tracce del red sauce trail.

Was everything clear? Take this quiz and find it out!

1.  The typical Italian ingredients in New Jersey in the 60s were

A garlic, fresh tomatoes, onion and dried basil.

B garlic, canned tomatoes, oregano and dried basil on overcooked spaghetti with meatballs.

C garlic, canned tomatoes, parmesan and meatballs.

2.  Anthony Bourdain chooses Naples to talk about the origins of Italian food in the USA

A because his parents were born in Naples.

B because according to the Italian-American collective imagination it all started in Naples.

C because the ingredients used in traditional recipes come from Naples.

 3.  The “Meatball Hero”

A derives from the fact that all of a sudden Italian immigrants couldn’t afford meat.

B doesn’t exist because Italian-American cuisine is very varied.

C can be seen as an exuberant reaction to the land of plenty.

 4.  The first thing that strikes Bourdain in Naples

A is the dialect spoken by Neapolitans.

B is the way people drive.

C is the garbage industry collapse.

 5.  Being one of the oldest cities in Italy, Naples can claim responsibility for

A organized crime.

B many iconic innovations in Italian culture.

C some of the most ancient buildings in the world.

 6.  In 2004 the Italian Ministry of Agriculture

A declared Neapolitan pizza a world heritage item.

B banned pizza Margherita from the Parliament canteen.

C laid out regulations for how a Neapolitan pizza must be made.

 7.  The most significant difference between New York style and Italian style pizza is

A the fact that people eat it with knife and fork.

B the use of fresh mozzarella instead of grated cheese.

C a thick crust.

 8.  Bourdain chooses a tiny car for his Amalfi coast drive

A because he’s comfortable with his sexuality.

B because it’s more practical on narrow roads.

C because it’s only a month since he got his driving license.

 9.  They decide to stop shooting in Cetara

A because of the pouring rain.

B because the equipment gets damaged.

C because Anthony calls it a day.

 10.  The chef from Cetara dived into the stormy sea to fish

A sea bass

B octopus

C sea urchins

1 B, 2 B, 3 C, 4 B, 5 B, 6 C, 7 A, 8 B, 9 A, 10 C
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