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Batarò, how to prepare and eat the typical Val Tidone sandwich – Italian Cuisine

Batarò, how to prepare and eat the typical Val Tidone sandwich

The batarò is a typical sandwich of the Val Tidone, a hilly area in the province of Piacenza. Cooked in a wood-fired oven, it is eaten stuffed with typical cold cuts, coppa and pancetta

on hills of the Val Tidone, in the province of Piacenza, the batarò it has the scent of lost time. Those in the area know well the "violent joy" that is unleashed at the first bite of this particular sandwich, the same one that Marcel Proust described talking about his madeleine soaked in tea. It is not really about taste, but about memories. Those related to childhood, when mothers, grandmothers and aunts, on the day they made bread, set aside a bit of dough to test the temperature of the wood-fired oven and while they were there to prepare children's snack. These were the days of family lunches, afternoons spent playing on the farmyard or hide-and-seek among the bales of hay. And, before that, when the peasants from the little they had knew they could make the most of it.

Batarò, the "poor" sandwich from Val Tidone

The batarò (the final "o" is pronounced closed) is a oval and thin sandwich, made to swell a few moments after the first contact with heat, without crumbs, ideal for being stuffed with Piacenza cold cuts, coppa and pancetta, and appreciate its taste and texture. The batarò "perfect" they say is the one with "Pancetta e zola" (gorgonzola), especially if bitten as soon as it comes out of the oven. For the sweet version, just add sugar or honey, or Nutella. There recipe It is born "Poor", from the union of the bread dough with the leftovers of the polenta, but behind its simplicity is hidden a sum of adjustments, balances and know-how handed down that ensure that success is achieved only thanks to perfect execution.

Ingredients and recipe

That proposal below is one of several variables collected by talking to some "rasdùre" of the place, women who still remember the day when the perfect batarò came out: that there were weather conditions, what doses they had applied, how much wood was in the oven, "because it is difficult for it to always be equally good to itself". These the ingredients: one kilo of soft wheat flour, corn flour, in a variable percentage between 10 and 30% according to taste, 25 g of yeast, 500 ml of water, 50 g of extra virgin olive oil, 10 g sugar, 20 g of salt.

Proceed step by step

Blanch the cornmeal with a portion of boiling and salted water and stir until it is completely absorbed (there are those who use milk instead of water). Once the mixture has cooled, add it to soft wheat flour, mix and add the yeast previously dissolved in a bowl of warm water with a teaspoon of sugar. Mix everything, add the rest of the water and knead until you get a soft but compact compound. Leave to rise for a couple of hours or so. Once the mass has doubled, knead again and let it rise for another half hour. At this point form balls as big as a fist then roll out the dough, pull it with a rolling pin or with the machine, beat it (hence the name) and bake. The temperature of the wood-fired oven is one of the decisive elements. This must be high, but not too high, and the batarò must not be near the flame otherwise it will burn. Wait for it to swell, then turn it over and wait a few more minutes. Those who do not have a wood-burning oven can try to use the home oven at 250 ° for 5-10 minutes, but the result, as we know, will not be the same.

From a festival at De.Co., a story of rediscovery

Until a few years ago its preparation was still relegated to a purely family environment. One of the few opportunities to taste it, outside the domestic circle, was the historical festival of Sala Mandelli, a festival that takes place in this small hilltop hamlet every first weekend in September (this year from 6 to 8). Or he could be found in a couple of pizzerias between Pianello and Trevozzo. Today, thanks to the rediscovery of ancient flavors (and knowledge), the batarò has regained space in the local food culture. This is also due to the path taken by the municipality of Nibbiano (now Alta Val Tidone) which led to the recognition of the batarò as product De.Co. (Municipal denomination of origin). First he started to depopulate in village festivals, in particular those organized by the Pro Loco of Trevozzo, then in other places both in Piacenza and in the province and now it is found even beyond the borders of the province, in particular in Genoa in the local Batarò – Peasant Sandwich, format created by chef Danilo Gatti.

"Serata batarò" at the Belrespiro restaurant, a breath of fresh air

Remaining in the area, instead, ad Agazzano there is a restaurant, the Belrespiro, which this summer organized the "Serata batarò", an initiative that will continue also for every next Wednesday in September. The chef Fabio Delledonne and his crew are working hard to bring out the Piacenza cuisine from its stereotypes and enrich the tradition with a breath of freshness. They do it all year round, but perhaps the maximum expression of this enterprise lies precisely in the reinterpretation of the batarò, where the perfect execution of the sandwich (respect for tradition) is combined with a proposal of fillings, some of which are completely new (innovation). The prevail are the quality and the refinement of raw materials combined with some well executed special workings. The menu speaks for itself, in particular two courses: Batarò with an old Piacenza cow tartare cut with a knife, horseradish, marinated egg sauce and Trombolotto; and Batarò with a frayed pork shoulder, osmosis cabbage, yogurt foam.

Materdomini's palatella, the sandwich that is eaten in August – Italian Cuisine

More than just a sandwich. Here is the palatelle that is eaten in honor of the Madonna of Materdomini

What do you eat in August? nell 'Agro Nocerino-Sarnese there is no need to think about it too long, as the answer is already obvious.

More precisely, between the night of 14 and 15 August, the tradition says that the faithful go on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Materdomini in Nocera Superiore (province of Salerno) to celebrate theAssumption of Mary, which occurs the very day of Mid-August. Once you arrive at your destination, eat the typical one palatella is a must.


There legend it tells that the Virgin appeared in a dream to a peasant woman named Caramari, inviting the faithful to dig in a very specific point, under an oak tree: right there buried a painting of a Madonna with child was found and so, in the 1061, the basilica was erected in his honor.

The icon of Mater Domini (Mother of the Lord) – Photography: www.santuariomaterdomini.org

As told in the novel Ninfa Plebea by Domenico Rea, this religious festival unites sacred is profane: «… it would have been difficult to keep united between the crowd of the church and the one that was waving outside scattered among the stalls of the sellers of 'e' o musso, of loaves stuffed with curdled milk, corn snails seasoned with garlic, stalls of sellers of 'mpupata'.

Among prayers, tammos and traditional dances, it is time to taste the palatella with the ‘mpupata. It is a poor dish, a loaf of bread from the particular form: the ends are two knots that make it look like a candy.
Originally, on the eve of the Assumption, meat was not eaten: the peasants on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary carried with them this sort of loaf, stuffed with two simple ingredients. The filling is called 'mpupata and is composed of pickled eggplant with oregano, garlic and chilli and salted Cetara anchovies. Even today, the little pile is specially prepared in this way.
In combination can not miss the wine with percoche and, finally, o mellon and fuoc (fire melon), or thewatermelon.

School canteen, no sandwich at home: the Cassation decided it – Italian Cuisine

School canteens: one in three is irregular

According to the judges, it is an educational and socialization issue, but also to promote equality among all pupils

At school, when you have lunch in the canteen, you have to eat the dishes offered by the meal service: it is no longer permitted to bring a sandwich from home. This was established by the United Sections of the Cassation, accepting the appeal of the Municipality of Turin: the Court of Appeal's ruling was reversed which allowed parents to prepare a meal at home for pupils who preferred it at the canteen. The judges thus explain (here the complete sentence) their decision: «La pedagogical function of the canteen time it can only be predicted in terms of collective catering in the context of an educational offer for this purpose ".

It is an educational and socialization issue, therefore, but also of promoting equality among all students: «The introduction of various and different domestic meals in school premises undermines the right of pupils and parents to the full egalitarian implementation of the training project including the canteen service, with possible violation of the principles of equality and non discrimination based on economic conditions. In addition to the right to health, "taking into account the hygienic and health risks of an untested individual meal".

Not only that, the judges write: the school is «a place where the development of the personality of individual students and the enhancement of individual diversity must be carried out within the limits of compatibility with the interests of other students and of the community, With« rules of conduct and« duties to which the pupils are bound , with« mutual respect, sharing and tolerance . And «parents are also required, with respect to the parents of pupils with opposing interests, to fulfill the duties of social solidarity, as well as economic .

The Councilor for Education of the City of Turin, Antonietta Di Martino, tried to reassure the disappointed parents of the sentence: "In light of the new pronouncement of the United Sections, the Administration will proceed to support the families and the schools in the next delicate organizational phases that follow from the aforementioned pronouncement .

But the parents who carry on the battle for the sandwich from home, on the Facebook group CaroMensa Turin, they replied: «The Cassation to Joint Sections has decided: the compulsory schooling free from the Constitution is to be thrown into the toilet, from now on, either pay the soup or skip the window (if they don't take the house away due to default) . However, families still have the right to bring their children home and bring them back to school after lunch.

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