Berlingaccio’s day is coming. Also known as Giovedì Grasso, it’s the Thursday before Carnival’s Sunday and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Following Acccademia della Crusca reading, the name Berlingaccio comes from the verb berlingare, which means “to drink, talk and sing with full belly and warmed by wine”.
There was also a dedicated Carnival mask, a fat and red man who resembled the effects of abundant food and wine intake.
That’s the day of good food and good humor; infact, feasts and banquets were traditionally held, based on meat dishes and sweet and fat courses, before the penance period imposed by Lent.
Meat, in particular, was a food scarcely eaten during the year by the people that usually couldn’t afford it. Indeed, Renaissance popular daily diet was based mostly on common vegetables, legumes and unsalted bread, far from the magnificence of noble banquets with game dishes and poultry.
Nowadays, meat and sweets are the favourite foods for Florentines to celebrate this day, with simple and tasty recipes according to the culinary tradition, such as our dishes.
Celebrate Berlingaccio with us, in our restaurants and taverns, we’re waiting for you!