Fast food is not something you readily associate with the Italians
Well, you would be wrong
The Italians do do fast food…..
…..they just do it differently
Their way: like driving, like loving, like practically everything
So let’s start with the obvious…..
Take a pizza, shrink it, serve it in a bakery and…..
Six inches (diameter) that will fit in your mouth in bite-sized
These are universally popular but especially with kids…..
…..who like to watch their mamas go potty as they dribble tomato
topping down their clothes
Bassangeles ? Check 1
Then there is…..
This little cutie looks like an English Cornish pastie but it’s not
It’s deep fried and filled with the usual suspects:
Mozzarella, prosciutto, salami (normally spicy) etc
It comes from Puglia (south) and with a health warning…..
…..when they fish these little puppies out of the deep frier you
are well-advised not to let them anywhere near the old chevy chase
until they have had a chance to cool down
Bassangeles ? Check 2
Next there is…..
This is essentially a pancake again filled with all the usual Italian
suspects plus a few green items (like rucola) if you are inclined
This comes from the Romagna part of Emilia-Romagna in the upper
half of the country
So in La Dolce Vita you will find establishments that serve ‘piadine’
that are either eaten in (usually standing) or eaten on the hoof
(again standing but with a forwards trajectory)
Ecco La Piadineria !
Bassangeles ? Check 3
Now we have the….. Pranzo di Lavoro
Or simply the ‘work lunch’
Some restaurants offer this and it comprises the following elements
Speed…..some Italians do work and some are even keen to get back
Economical…..it’s a fixed price jobbie: one price, two courses plus
wine, water and coffee (usually)
There is a choice of first (pasta) and second (meat or fish) courses
but it’s not the full monty found on the normal ‘a la carte’
Nonetheless, these meals are incredibly popular especially with folk
whose jobs require something a little more energetic than pushing a
pen around and sighing
There is also that frisson of pleasure that everyone derives from
a proper noshing in a good restaurant whilst getting away with
paying the price of a single course only
Bassangeles ? Check 4
And one for the road…..
These are the small bites served in bars and cafes that are usually
eaten standing up (it aids digestion) while drinking
Some establishments set themselves up as purveyors of just these
Hence La Chicchetteria
But many a regular bar could claim that same moniker
Bassangeles ? Check 5
So there you have it…..
Fast food ‘alla moda Italiana’
PS No health warnings required here, a piadina is not a kebab is not
a panzerotto is not a dodgy curry etc etc