Monday, June 27, 2011

Time of “Sagre”

Sagra del ranocchio, Cascine di ButiIf you have always considered “frog eaters” a derogatory term for our transalpine cousins, you can now include in that bunch many of our countrymen. By the way “ranocchio” is frog.
“Sagra” is something that could be translated in English as festival or fair, usually linked to some local food in a small town or village, with music and dance usually going along with the eating.Sagra del raviolo, Vicopisano“Raviolo” is the singular of ravioli, a famous type of filled pasta.Stringozzo alla cinta, Buti“Stringozzo”, the singular of “Stringozzi”, is a kind of handmade pasta produced in Umbria. “Cinta” is a quite rare breed of pig, typical of Siena, which owes its name to a white sash (“cinta” in Tuscan) on its black coat.

See also: Totano & Cinghiale

13 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

This post is interesting, informative and funny meantime. I like the design of the little green frog from the firt photo.

Luis Gomez said...

I guess it is Summer time as it is Sagra time. I think I would like to try the Sagra dello Stringozzo alla Cinta!

Jack said...

These festivals would be fun to visit.

Randy said...

Excellent ads!

Farmchick said...

That is one cute pig.

Ann said...

no frogs on the menu? As a Chinese, we eat almost every thing.

Dina said...

Yep, frogs and pork--about as unkosher as it can get. I'll have to pass on this sagra.
But it's nice to learn about that old and revived Cinta breed.

Doug Hickok said...

Yes, there are some frog eaters in the deep South as well, mostly in rural areas. I like these colorful attention grabbing signs.

Birdman said...

Interesting post today. Never heard that expression.

cieldequimper said...

Well VP, now you know what you have to do: go and get photos of every sagra.

Gunn said...

I always buy "something" to bring back home to my kitchen, wherever I go....
I like the graphic design on many products.
Pasta / Ravioli is great!

Arianna said...

Hai voglia! Fra polenta coi porcini, polenta fritta e baccalà, balli e orchestrine è tutta una sagra in ogni dove! Ciao, Arianna

JM said...

Very cool posters! The smiling ravioli are so funny. :-)