Being a student in a foreign country brings up a lot of questions upon returning to your homeland. For example, recently someone asked me what the best part about living in Italy was. As typical a question as this might be, it warranted an answer just as typical in response but not as distinctive in explanation.
“The people,” I replied. Referring to those who had surrounded me in my months of study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy: my 25 fellow classmates, my professors, my baristi. But, with the announcement of the Colorno campus closing came an added appreciation for a few others in my life. And to them, I write this post.
Please allow yourselves to get to know them in the way I did and possibly feel the spirit of gratitude that I feel towards them.
Paolo Ferrarini, University Coordinator: Colorno Campus
Paolo, who listened to us both laugh and cry everyday (it was more whining than anything), had a knack for hearing us out. Because of this, we never really got to hear his side, so here it is:
I did a Master years ago in Arezzo about enogastronomy and tourism. I discovered there about the University and I thought it was a perfect combination about my background (project manager for Master at Politecnico in Milano) and my passion (food).
My favorite foods are:
- Fresh prawns (scampi) just grilled, as I ate them in Croatia more than 15 years ago. I still remember the fishermen bringing live prawns from the ocean and after few minutes in my plate.
- Bombette pugliesi. I’m addicted to them. At Salone del Gusto I ate them every single day.
- My Mom’s agnolini (stuffed meat pasta, similar to tortellini, typical of Mantova). Friends and relatives get crazy when they taste them. I’m used to eating them, not just for special events as Christmas, but they always surprise me.
- Fiorentina (t-bone steak) with potatoes. More than 10 years ago, I was at lunch with 2 friends. One of them was the daughter of the owner. After antipasti and primi we were full but the chef wanted in any case that we try his Fiorentina. It was huge; we thought it was for 6 persons who were in the table near us. My friends took just one or two bites. I finished it alone. I didn’t eat for 2 days.
- Boccondivino’s panna cotta. Every time that I go to Boccondivino, before ordering anything else, I ask to reserve a panna cotta. Once I didn’t and they finished it and, even if the meal was good as usual, I was so sad.
My least favorites are:
- Bad pizza. I love so much pizza that I hate to eat bad pizza.
- Trippa (tripe). I don’t like the consistency.
- Cavoletto di Bruxell. I don’t like the smell.
- Oysters. I still try to taste oysters but it seems always to me like drinking ocean water.
- Snails. I don’t like the taste.
But the best food I ever had on a study trip with students was Culatello! And I’m missing everything!
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