Going out for tapas? You might see a “tinto de verano” on the menu. “Vino tinto” refers to red wine in Spanish, so “tinto de verano” means summer red and is usually a mix of red wine and some bubbly water. If you like Sangria then get it. It’s very refreshing.
Tis the season- you will start to see a lot of asparagus on menus!
Salad in the romance languages pretty much sounds like….salad. Regardless if you find yourself in a bistro, tapas bar or trattoria and are craving one, here you go:
(O and fun fact, the word salad derives from salt and you can really see this in the Italian and Spanish as “sal” means salt in Spanish, “sale” in Italian. It’s “sel” in French, but close enough!)
Linguine, one of our favorite pastas, means “little tongues”
Funny thing to think about when you are eating some!
Even though in English we use the word pepper for both the vegetable and the spice, other languages generally have two different, though very similar words. AND while pepperoni has come to mean a type of sausage we often get on our pizza, it actually means pepper, the vegetable, in Italian!
Italian = peperone (veg), pepe (spice)
Spanish= pimiento (veg), pimienta (spice)
French= poivron (veg), poivre (spice)
Tiramisu (tira-mi-su) means “pick-me-up” in Italian. Legends say it was created outside of brothel in Venice to give its clients that little boost of energy to keep ’em going!
Italian rice, riso, turns into risotto when the special grains are worked vigorously to activate their natural creamy starches. Adding a little butter and cheese at the end never hurt though…
Assaggiare = to taste
un Assaggio = a taste
un Assaggino = a little taste
Sentence: Vuoi assaggiare un po’ della mia pasta speciale?
Translation: Want to taste a lil’ of my special pasta?
Adding “ino” to a word makes it little, just as adding “one” makes it big!
Pain de Mie means: Bread of the Crumb (Pain = bread, Mie= Crumb). Pain de Mie is great sandwhich bread and for French Toast!