Traveling in Italy I’ve eaten my share of meatballs and I’ve seen many recipes. When making meatballs I always follow the advance of mia Nonna. Never crowd your meatballs. Brown in a good olive oil and leave a space between your meatballs when browning and don’t touch them until you see the oil turn a beautiful, burnished golden color. You can probably apply this to life as well. Don’t crowd and clutter and take on more than you can comfortably manage. Surround yourself with simple things that promote your well-being. Don’t manipulate too much and in the end turn a beautiful, burnished gold.
More advice and Italian food lore.
Italians are very fond of a pre-dinner ritual called the aperitivo, a drink and a nibble designed to “open the stomach” and aid in digestion. Traditions and knowledge about the Italian aperitivo say that l’appetito viene mangiando, “appetite comes when you eat.”. Popularizing a small snack and a light drink before dinner seems counterintuitive but a small bit of food before dinner may help you eat less and enjoy your food more. Stopping work at exactly 5:00 o’clock, hopping onto your Vespa and heading out to the nearest aperitivo bar is a social custom that we might benefit from. Here’s to moderation, balance and a Campari and soda.