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...
This recipe 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 - see the picture above - is the symbol of that generation of people, with no more luxury, but with so much flair.
Marquis’ Pasta Salad
- 300 gr rigatoni pasta
- 15-20 black olives
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
- 100 gr white fish caviar (you can use the real deal, if you can afford it!)
- 150 gr marinated tuna in olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon anchiovies paste
Melt the anchovies 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
A special thanks to Luvi who shared her story and material with me!