Strozzapreti Fresh Pasta with Durum Wheat Semolina 500gr


Strozzapreti Fresh Pasta with Durum Wheat Semolina 500gr

Strozzapreti (Italian; “priest-choker” or “priest-strangler”) is an elongated form of cavatelli, or hand-rolled pasta typical of the Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Marche, and Umbria regions of Italy as well as in the state of San Marino. The name is also used for a baked cheese and vegetable dumpling, prepared in some regions of Italy and on the French island of Corsica.

There are several legends to explain the name, primarily based on the anticlerical sentiment of the region.

One is that gluttonous priests were so enthralled by the savory pasta that they ate too quickly and choked themselves.
Another explanation involves the “azdora” (“housewife” in the Romagna dialect), who “chokes” the dough strips to make the strozzapreti. The azdora would express rage (perhaps triggered by the misery and difficulties of her life) and curse the local clergy, resulting in a pasta that could choke a priest.
A third legend states that wives would customarily make the pasta for churchmen as partial payment for land rents (In Romagna, the Catholic Church had extensive land properties rented to farmers), and their husbands would be angered enough by the venal priests eating their wives’ food to wish the priests would choke as they stuffed their mouths with it. The name surely reflects the diffuse anticlericalism of the people of Romagna and Tuscany.

Another possible explanation is that following Sunday mass, it was common for the priest to visit the homes of the villagers and enjoy dinner with them. The more pleasant experiences for the priest would entice them to come back to that particular home more frequently. As a means for the family to let the priest know that he might be overextending his welcome, they would serve this pasta which had later earned the name “Strozzapreti.” Another origin story is that the pasta resembles a clerical collar, commonly referred to as a “Priest Choker”.



Strozzapreti Fresh Pasta with Durum Wheat Semolina 500gr
Net Weight: 500gr.

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Weight 0.600 kg


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