Everyone’s Italian on St. Patrick’s Day. My Irish friends may disagree but it goes something like this. The food traditions of Italy began with the ancient Etruscans, a pre-Roman civilization that apparently liked to eat and eat well. Archeological remains of clay pots, bronze cooking vessels and cheese graters may have established the Etruscans as the original “foodies”.
Enter the Irish. Celtic tribes from central Europe, hearing of the well laid tables of the Etruscans, were attracted to the region of Eturia (now known as Italy). Around 350BC the Celts built a settlement alongside an Etruscan village near Monterenzio (BO) and began to invite themselves over for dinner. So began a Celtic-Italian fusion that inspired me to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day “wearin’ the green”, white and red colors of Il Tricolore, the Italian flag.