Monday, 4 October 2010

GOURMET WORDS FROM THE ITALIAN RIVIERA: CORZETTI STAMPATI (ROUND STAMPED FLAT HAND PASTA)

Flat (1-2 mm) Corzetti pasta discs (diam. 4-5 cm) are stamped with a variety of designs including initials (the perfect wedding gift), family seals and coats-of-arms.
The manufacture of wooden stamps is an art in itself, skilfully mastered by a scant number of craftsmen (have a visit of the Casoni bottega in Chiavari).
In bygone days corzetti were served “suolo a suolo”, that is layer after layer, like lasagne. Dressings ranged from mushroom sauce to stewed snails (not to forget the scenting crunchiness of fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced).
The dough usually comes plain, but additions may include spinaches or tomatoes.
Corzetti are a must – eat dish in Varese Ligure (SP).
Wine pairings call for DOC Dolceacqua red with sauces and Riviera ligure di ponente Pigato white with basil pesto.

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