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Designed by Astrid Luglio and Ester Bianchi, the Scarpetta Collection is inspired by the Italian tradition of ‘scarpetta’ (dipping your bread). The universal gesture is very close to the heart of everyone who has enjoyed a delicious plate of pasta and after indulged in mopping up the tasty sauce left on the plate.
Each of the six porcelain-enameled, metal dishes contains a playful composition of sauce stains, food scans and table gestures. The abstract designs represent six diverse regions in Italy and their unique, traditional recipes, all telling an inviting story about the Italian food culture.
Vongole Fujute (run away clams) pays homage to the Neopolitan imagination, taste and humor. The legend dates back to 1947 when stage actor Eduardo De Filippo is said to have returned home after a long day of performing, hungry for a plate of spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams). With no clams, De Filippo creatively prepared the dish as he would normally: sautéeing garlic and crushed red pepper flakes in olive oil, adding small tomatoes, pulling out the pasta when it was cooked al chiodo (a minute sooner than al dente) and allowing it to finish in the saucepan with the other ingredients before tossing in a handful of fresh chopped parsley.
Recipe by Fabrizia Lanza