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Italian birthplace of amatriciana denounces chef's 'secret ingredient'

Town of Amatrice, where pasta dish originates, accuses Carlo Cracco of
lapse in judgment for adding sautéed garlic to recipe

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
The Guardian

Carlo Cracco has cooked alongside Alain Ducasse and earned two Michelin
stars for his restaurant in Milan, where the city's elite feast on
dishes such as lemon risotto with anchovies and cocoa, and marinated
salmon with foie gras.

But the chef's professional pedigree did not stop the local council in
Amatrice, a town two hours from Rome, from publicly denouncing and
ridiculing him.

Cracco's sin? The chef confessed on national television that he used
unpeeled, sautéed garlic as the "secret ingredient" in his amatriciana,
one of Rome's staple pasta dishes.

The official Facebook account of the town of Amatrice, where the dish
originates, accused Cracco of a lapse in judgment. "We are confident
that this was a slip of the tongue by the celebrity chef, given his
professional history," the council said in a statement.

According to officials in Amatrice, there are six ingredients that make
up a real amatriciana: guanciale (pork jowl), pecorino cheese, white
wine, tomatoes from San Marzano, pepper and chilli.

The town's deputy mayor, Piergiuseppe Monteforte, denied that officials
were being too strict. "Use one ingredient for another, it changes not
only the flavour of a dish but also the history of it," Monteforte told
the Guardian. "If you use ingredients like garlic or onion in an
amatriciana, it means you are ignoring a pastoral tradition that is
almost 1,000 years old, passed down from generation to generation."

Amatriciana originated in the green pastures on the hills overlooking
Amatrice, when shepherds used to bring cheese and pieces of pork jowl
with them during long stays away from home and cook them in an iron pan.
They made fresh pasta using flour and water that was then wrapped around
a piece of wire, forming a tubular shape that is still used today.

This original dish is now known as white amatriciana. It was only at the
end of the 1700s that tomato and chilli, two ingredients native to
America and brought to Italy, were added to the dish to create the
modern version.

Grazia Lo Bianco, the owner of Matricianella, a small restaurant in
central Rome that specialises in the dish, stood with the council's
uncompromising stance. "The flavour of the pork cheek should be
dominant," she explained.

Some people added onion to their sauce, but that verged on the
offensive, she said with a bemused look on her face. "If there are
rules, they need to be respected, it's like any job."

For Lo Bianco, the rules do not apply only to the sauce, but also to the
correct pasta that one ought to use. Always, she said, it should be
bucatini, the long tubular pasta that, when cooked properly and slightly
al dente, can be unwieldy for a beginner accustomed to spaghetti or
short pasta.

She admitted that customers' demands sometimes had to take precedence
over how she believes the dish ought to be served. Namely, the
preference some have for rigatoni over bucatini, because it is less
messy.

"We have a compromise that when men come with their white shirts and say
they have a meeting. We can't say no. But we don't love rigatoni with
amatriciana," she said.

On this point, even Lo Bianco and Monteforte, the deputy mayor of
Amatrice, disagree.

The Amatrice official says that while bucatini used to be seen as the
ideal pasta because it was used by the shepherds, these days, others can
be used. Even the traditional amatriciana festival in town uses
spaghetti.

"We say that ultimately, to make a real amatriciana, you have to be able
to make the sauce according to tradition. Then add bucatini or spaghetti
of your choice."


Recipe for amatriciana, from the office of the mayor of Amatrice

Ingredients (for four people) 500g spaghetti, 125g guanciale (pork jowl)
from Amatrice, a spoon of extra virgin olive oil, a drop of dry white
wine, six or seven San Marzano tomatoes or 400g of canned peeled
tomatoes, some chili, 100g of grated pecorino from Amatrice, salt.

Directions Place the oil, chili and guanciale, which you have to cut
into small pieces, into an iron pan. It is a sacred tradition to use the
soft part of the pork jowl, or else it is not an amatriciana. Only that
way will it have a delicacy and sweetness that it unmatched. Sauté these
ingredients in a pan. Add the wine.

Blanch the whole tomatoes so that you can easily remove the skin, and
then quarter them, remove the seeds, and add to the pan. Alternatively,
use the canned tomatoes. Season with salt and allow the sauce to cook
over the heat for a few minutes.

In the meantime, boil salted water and cook the pasta until it is al
dente, or still slightly firm. Drain and place in a bowl. Add the grated
pecorino. Wait for a few seconds and then add the sauce to the bowl. If
you wish, you can add more pecorino after it is served.

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On Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:12:46 PM UTC-8, Victor Sack wrote:
Italian birthplace of amatriciana denounces chef's 'secret ingredient'

Town of Amatrice, where pasta dish originates, accuses Carlo Cracco of
lapse in judgment for adding sautéed garlic to recipe

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
The Guardian

Carlo Cracco has cooked alongside Alain Ducasse and earned two Michelin
stars for his restaurant in Milan, where the city's elite feast on
dishes such as lemon risotto with anchovies and cocoa, and marinated
salmon with foie gras.

But the chef's professional pedigree did not stop the local council in
Amatrice, a town two hours from Rome, from publicly denouncing and
ridiculing him.

Cracco's sin? The chef confessed on national television that he used
unpeeled, sautéed garlic as the "secret ingredient" in his amatriciana,
one of Rome's staple pasta dishes.


This story made public radio, with an interview with famous Istrian-born
chef/TV cook Lidia Bastianich. She votes to respect the purity of the
original recipe, but confesses she adds crunchy onion to the dish when
she makes it at home.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-1...triciana-pasta


The official Facebook account of the town of Amatrice, where the dish
originates, accused Cracco of a lapse in judgment. "We are confident
that this was a slip of the tongue by the celebrity chef, given his
professional history," the council said in a statement.

According to officials in Amatrice, there are six ingredients that make
up a real amatriciana: guanciale (pork jowl), pecorino cheese, white
wine, tomatoes from San Marzano, pepper and chilli.

The town's deputy mayor, Piergiuseppe Monteforte, denied that officials
were being too strict. "Use one ingredient for another, it changes not
only the flavour of a dish but also the history of it," Monteforte told
the Guardian. "If you use ingredients like garlic or onion in an
amatriciana, it means you are ignoring a pastoral tradition that is
almost 1,000 years old, passed down from generation to generation."


Yes, but somehow the Amatriciani adopted the New World's tomatoes and
chili peppers.


Amatriciana originated in the green pastures on the hills overlooking
Amatrice, when shepherds used to bring cheese and pieces of pork jowl
with them during long stays away from home and cook them in an iron pan.
They made fresh pasta using flour and water that was then wrapped around
a piece of wire, forming a tubular shape that is still used today.

This original dish is now known as white amatriciana. It was only at the
end of the 1700s that tomato and chilli, two ingredients native to
America and brought to Italy, were added to the dish to create the
modern version.

Grazia Lo Bianco, the owner of Matricianella, a small restaurant in
central Rome that specialises in the dish, stood with the council's
uncompromising stance. "The flavour of the pork cheek should be
dominant," she explained.

Some people added onion to their sauce, but that verged on the
offensive, she said with a bemused look on her face. "If there are
rules, they need to be respected, it's like any job."

For Lo Bianco, the rules do not apply only to the sauce, but also to the
correct pasta that one ought to use. Always, she said, it should be
bucatini, the long tubular pasta that, when cooked properly and slightly
al dente, can be unwieldy for a beginner accustomed to spaghetti or
short pasta.


Bucatini is a pain to eat. Spaghetti is the thickest that I like.
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On Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:41:37 -0800 (PST),
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On Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:12:46 PM UTC-8, Victor Sack wrote:
Italian birthplace of amatriciana denounces chef's 'secret ingredient'

Town of Amatrice, where pasta dish originates, accuses Carlo Cracco of
lapse in judgment for adding sautéed garlic to recipe

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
The Guardian

Carlo Cracco has cooked alongside Alain Ducasse and earned two Michelin
stars for his restaurant in Milan, where the city's elite feast on
dishes such as lemon risotto with anchovies and cocoa, and marinated
salmon with foie gras.

But the chef's professional pedigree did not stop the local council in
Amatrice, a town two hours from Rome, from publicly denouncing and
ridiculing him.

Cracco's sin? The chef confessed on national television that he used
unpeeled, sautéed garlic as the "secret ingredient" in his amatriciana,
one of Rome's staple pasta dishes.


Just how unpeeled is that, leave on even the dried skin?

J.




This story made public radio, with an interview with famous Istrian-born
chef/TV cook Lidia Bastianich. She votes to respect the purity of the
original recipe, but confesses she adds crunchy onion to the dish when
she makes it at home.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-1...triciana-pasta


The official Facebook account of the town of Amatrice, where the dish
originates, accused Cracco of a lapse in judgment. "We are confident
that this was a slip of the tongue by the celebrity chef, given his
professional history," the council said in a statement.

According to officials in Amatrice, there are six ingredients that make
up a real amatriciana: guanciale (pork jowl), pecorino cheese, white
wine, tomatoes from San Marzano, pepper and chilli.

The town's deputy mayor, Piergiuseppe Monteforte, denied that officials
were being too strict. "Use one ingredient for another, it changes not
only the flavour of a dish but also the history of it," Monteforte told
the Guardian. "If you use ingredients like garlic or onion in an
amatriciana, it means you are ignoring a pastoral tradition that is
almost 1,000 years old, passed down from generation to generation."


Yes, but somehow the Amatriciani adopted the New World's tomatoes and
chili peppers.


Amatriciana originated in the green pastures on the hills overlooking
Amatrice, when shepherds used to bring cheese and pieces of pork jowl
with them during long stays away from home and cook them in an iron pan.
They made fresh pasta using flour and water that was then wrapped around
a piece of wire, forming a tubular shape that is still used today.

This original dish is now known as white amatriciana. It was only at the
end of the 1700s that tomato and chilli, two ingredients native to
America and brought to Italy, were added to the dish to create the
modern version.

Grazia Lo Bianco, the owner of Matricianella, a small restaurant in
central Rome that specialises in the dish, stood with the council's
uncompromising stance. "The flavour of the pork cheek should be
dominant," she explained.

Some people added onion to their sauce, but that verged on the
offensive, she said with a bemused look on her face. "If there are
rules, they need to be respected, it's like any job."

For Lo Bianco, the rules do not apply only to the sauce, but also to the
correct pasta that one ought to use. Always, she said, it should be
bucatini, the long tubular pasta that, when cooked properly and slightly
al dente, can be unwieldy for a beginner accustomed to spaghetti or
short pasta.


Bucatini is a pain to eat. Spaghetti is the thickest that I like.




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