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by Fred McMillin
Okey Dokey "nyoh-ky"
Chef Vittorio Saccone demonstrated the preparation of Gnocchi Verdi for my wife at Rome's Grand Hotel.
The Rest of the Story
The Italian word for one dumpling is "gnocco." The plural is "gnocchi." "Verdi" is green, the color the gnocchi acquire when they are made with spinach. Two millennia ago the Romans had an early version of the dish. It is still a favorite in Rome. There is a fine recipe and photo of gnocchi verdi in the Time Life book on The Cooking of Italy.
After the Lesson
In the large dining room after the lesson, Chef Saccone poured a light Italian white wine with the gnocchi. After that careful preparation, he wasn't going to overwhelm those delicate flavors with a red. I'm sure the chef would approve this...
Wine of the Day
1998 Pinot Grigio (PEE-noh GREE-jyoh), Italy
Gastronomy had a good 1894...
What's this have to do with today's article? Well, the Grand Hotel in Rome opened that year. The dining room seated 250 people. They had an eye-catching innovation; each room had three electric light bulbs! And on January 11, 1894 they opened the hotel with a fantastic, sixteen-course banquet, prepared by a chef brought in for the occasion, Escoffier!
Credits—James Trager's Food Chronology
05/16/00—A Large Lab
05/15/00—The Pioneering Pedroncellis
05/12/00—Trouble at Telmo
05/11/00—A Mother's Day Travail
05/05/00—Mendocino. Where's the Vino?
05/04/00—Pink Gets No Ink
05/02/00—Black and White
05/01/00—Your May 1st Symphony
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