Mar 072011
 
CARNEVALE!  Gnocchi Friday in Verona.

Dear Hungry Reader, Carnival time: an auspicious beginning for the Forktales blog! Come with me, forks in hand, through the irresistible world of Italian food. Carnevale, the gaudy week-long party that erupts in February all over Italy has its roots in the Roman festival that honored the pagan god Saturn. No effigies of saints or madonnas here: Carnevale is a farewell to winter and banishment of the dreary; a delirious celebration of spring and all things delicious, coveted, and forbidden.  Every indulgence is permitted and tradition calls for eating mountains of meat and sausages, rivers of wine, and sweets, sweets, […more…]