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In Calabria, maccaruni d’a zita was always served at wedding luncheons. Today, this pasta is more popularly called penne Zita, which can be used for this Penne alla Calabrese recipe. The differences between regular penne and penne Zita is that the latter has a smoother surface and is slightly bigger in diameter.
According to tradition, in the place of honor sat “a donna” (the bride) and “lu patriu” (the parents of the bride) while to the bride’s right sat the best man. And at the reception, wine bottled the same year as the bride birth year was served. The luncheon lasts until the evening, with the throwing of “confetti” up in the air, with music from the “organetto”. In Italy, “confetti” are almonds with a hard sugar coating. This tradition was still alive in the 1950s.
Penne alla Calabrese
- In a pan, put 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 clove of crushed garlic and quickly melt the 2 anchovies (if you wish, you can add a few pieces of red pepper).
- Chop the pitted olives, capers and tuna, and pour them in the pan.
- After a few minutes, add the tomato pasta, salt and a pinch of oregano and pepper. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil the penne in salted water, then drain and dress it with the already prepared sauce.
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