July 3rd, 2012

Roman Campagna

tidbits cross time

The City Hotel, in early 19th century New York, had a barman, Williard, who was legend for his memory of the guests -- and never leaving the hotel, which was proven by his not having a hat, an absolute necessity for going outside in those times.

Italian immigrants stuck stubbornly to Italian food in the United States.  Some employers had to provide separate locations to eat.  Then, it was a lot cheaper -- a little more than a third of the price of American diet -- even though they were eating better than ever before.  Meanwhile, they were producing a "fusion" cuisine:  Italian, by dint of neighborly exchange.  Spaghetti with meatballs combined two signs of luxury:  pasta and meat.

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