Sicilian Ziti and Meatballs

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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS
“It’s Really Italian” !!!
 
 
 

For years now, many so called food Experts who thought they knew more than they actually did wrote disdainfully of the famed Italian dish Spaghetti & Meatballs, saying “it was not authentic Italian food,” and is Pseudo Italian. Well, “oh Contraire.” Guess what? Spaghetti & Meatballs is Italian. Or should I say Pasta & Meatballs. Yes, pasta with meatballs is a dish eaten quite often in southern Italy and the regions of Puglia, Sicily, and Abruuzo, a native dish is Pasta, (usually short Maccheroni) dressed with Meatballs as a special treat .. The names pf these dishes are called Pasta Seduta, meaning Seated Pasta and Maccaroni Azzese .. Yes Pasta w/ Meatballs, “It’s really Italian.”   I myself have written about this in my book SUNDAY SAUCE -When Italian-Americans Cook, where I stated at the time that I had hear of certain areas serving Meatballs along with their pasta. And even before I heard this I surmised that out of so many millions of poor Italians over the years it was most certain that in poor family’s not wanting to wash more than 1 dish per person eating that momma would not serve pasta and meatballs in separate courses but together on one plate of Pasta & Meatballs (Spaghetti Meatballs). And so as stated before Pasta with Meatballs is an authentic dish served all over Southern Italy, it’s reall Italian Food and has names for it, again Pasta Seduta and Maccheroni Azzese .. So there, “In your face Food Snobs,” snubbing our beloved Spaghetti & Meatballs, no it’s not just Italian-American, which is not a bad thing, it’s really Real Italian and the mystery and controversy is now settled, it’s Spaghetti & Meatballs, millions love it, and billions of plates have been served over the years. Why? People love it, as simple as that ..

LASAGNA CARNEVALE alla NAPOLETANA Has Little Meatballs Inside

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Mangia Bene !!!
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Sicilian American Wedding Dinner



 

Pasta Seduta from Puglia
 
 are Ziti (Zite) Baked with Meatballs & Mozzarella
In Sicily Zite used to be the Riguer at Weddings Maccarrune di Zita was served with stew pork or Meatballs and was made in large quanities as it was the tradition to bring a hearty plate of pasta as a gift to neighbors both rich and poor. Today in Sicily the word Zite means Bride. Maccheroni di Zita got its name from its role in wedding banquets, the name meant Maccheroni della Sposa, “of the Bride.” A little before my time, most Italian-American Weddings were helf in family homes at local club or in a church basement or similar circumstance and the food was made by friends and family and not a caterer. By the time I was a child often at birthday parties, baby christenings or wedding rehearsals, the family would make it’s own food for the event and not have it catered. And I remember at all these Christening and what-not, the spread of food was usually Mixed Antipasto Platters and trays of Eggplant Parmigiano and Baked Ziti, along with all sorts of sweet treats like Cannolis, Cookies, and cakes for the dessert course.
Ah, “the Good Old Day,” those dishes cooked by my Aunts Helen and Fran along with my Uncle Tony who was quite a good cook as well, were better than any catered wedding or other party I’ve ever been to. No comparison. Basta !
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RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
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SUNDAY SAUCE


When Italian-Americans Cook



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The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK


by Danny Bolognese




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