Last night I went to a Norwegian fish feast in Sandrigo with a group. I learned that every town in the Veneto region has a festival or feast once a year. This particular festival was huge! After getting drinks, (prosecco again, so good!), we waited in a long line at a ticket booth to purchase our entrance to the tented dining area outside. Then it took another 30 minutes or so waiting in another line to pick up our plates and sit at one of the many tables. The fish (cod) was served various ways. A friend and I each ordered a plate of Bigoli pasta with cod, and then we shared another plate of Baccala Vicentina (cod served with polenta). I especially liked the fresh pasta - we watched it be hand-made right in front of us before eating.
Italians really do love their food and drink. I laughed at how many "courses" our meal had. First we had prosecco, then dinner (two plates of food) with a dry wine, then coffee, and then a sweet wine. Then they joked that we were going to eat MORE food....but I guess it was only to mess with me ;) I understand why wine is so popular here, though...aside from it being such good quality, it is so cheap! A glass of prosecco only cost us 0.80 euros, and a glass of wine 2.00 euros!
Not only do Italians enjoy good food, they enjoy talking about food...sooo much. Every glass of wine or plate of food comes with a long explanation of how it's prepared, what the ingredients are, what region it is from, etc. etc. etc. .... With the language barrier, these explanations often take a long time. I tried telling my friends, that I really didn't care what it's made of, I just wanted to eat...but they wouldn't let me begin until I understood the dish's full history, haha. I can't complain though, everything here is so fresh and flavorful!
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