Thursday, November 1, 2007

Behind a recipe...

Any recipe is made by words, numbers, maybe pictures. They can taste or smell, but still... they get their own life only when they have a story behind. Nothing special: maybe the recipe was created for a special person or in a particular moment; or it is the one that your grandmother used to make so often...ricetta del marchese

This recipe- the one featured in the picture - has prestigious and noble roots, though. It was created by the Marquis Antonio Altoviti Avila, of the illustrious Altoviti's family and also son-in-law of the Italian General Pietro Badoglio.

The Altoviti family goes back to the XIII century; it is well known to protect the most famous artists of the Renaissance, such as Vasari, Cellini, Raffaello. And even when the times became tougher, they kept protecting artists and poets. This until the first World War, when the belle epoque ended.This recipe  is the simbol of that generation of people, with no more luxury, but with so much flair.

Marquis’ Cold Pasta


300 gr rigatoni pasta

15-20 black olives

2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon chives, chopped

100 gr white fish caviar (if you can afford it, use the real deal!!!)

150 gr marinated tuna in olive oil

1/2 tablespoon anchiovies paste


Melt the anchiovies paste in a pan; add olives and tuna and cook for few minutes. Cook the pasta al dente, drain it and dress it with the tuna sauce. Let cool. When is cold, stir in the caviar and the chopped herb. Stir well and enjoy it!


 pasta del marchese

A special thanks to Luvi that gave me  the material to work with!

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