Meatballs, 6 vintage recipes from our historical archive – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Meatballs, what a passion: certainly for the little ones, but also lovers of good food have always appreciated this humble and irresistible food (often born from the need to reuse leftovers). Films, songs, cartoons: meatballs are found everywhere and, therefore, they certainly cannot be missing from the pages of our magazine, where they often recur from year to year.

We opened our archives and went back 60 years, to the 1960s, when Italy was experiencing an economic boom, profound transformations were going through society and, in the world of food, consumerism was bringing new, preserved industrial products into homes. Supermarkets were just born (in 1957 the first supermarket in Italy was inaugurated in Milan) and the shelves were gradually filled with new products.

On the pages of La Cucina Italiana, among the recipes and also among the advertising pages, these changes were reflected. The recipes, however, were still cooked in the home by the mothers of the family. And meatballs were part of a very homely style of eating, a food that satisfied the economy and the taste.

In the June 1964 issue, distributed among the various sections of the newspaper, we find these six different meatballs. Here they are, below. Shall we try to reinvent them sixty years later?

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