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EATING AT THE BANDITACCIA. An unusual guide to the necropolis of Cerveteri

Laura Pastore

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ISBN: 9788894995251

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Libri | ed. dicembre 2018 | p. 74 | lingua inglese

With this unusual guide I expect to awaken the audience’s curiosity about the Etruscan civilization -which is rarely spoken of, but which each of its aspects has so much to narrate about-, and at the same time about the territories of Cerveteri, Santa Marinella and the surroundings, places which represent the foundation of our origins. The Banditaccia’s archaeological site is a historical corner to be visited so as to breathe a distant air, nonetheless present in our DNA, and that each one of us should attempt to discover, at least once in our lifetime. I was not only lucky because I lived in Cerveteri, but also because I met people who made me fall in love with this place, such as the great Ennio Tirabassi, who has cooperated with enormous enthusiasm and professionality to the creation of the mini-guide you will find inside the book, providing news and images which follow through a fast but efficient journey across the Necropolis.
The recipes instead are an old idea of mine, linked to a passion toward a land which still offers healthy and high-quality food, with its agricultural and wine-producing businesses, and with a culinary tradition passed on
across the generations.

Translated by Dolores Wetzler & Violeta Santantonio

Laura Pastore was born in Rome on August 4th, 1973, and she is the daughter of the actress Jeannette Len and the director Sergio Pastore.
She studied law at University, along with journalism and publicity, and she initiated her political career at a young age, precisely in the Municipality of Cerveteri, where she became first elected in 1998 as city counselor, then she acted as Deputy Mayor, role she performed for two mandates. She continued her political activity in Rome as Counselor for the Municipio 1 Centro Storico, also this time for 2 mandates, and after that as Vice President. Afterwards, she moved to the IV Municipio of Rome as city advisor, working in the Campidoglio for some months, thus achieving her dream to become Capitoline Counselor.
She loves writing and promoting events and, while carrying out her political obligations, she wrote two books: “Amor ch’a nullo amato” and ”AppuntiAmente”, to commemorate her father who died in 1987.
She also engaged in promoting Italian Cinema abroad, participating in the organization of The Lumiere Awards, held in Paris, France and of the Targa d’Oro prizes.
She worked as Press Officer for Laziodisu, the regional body which promotes the right to study and, currently, she conducts her law practice in Rome.

PREFACE
by Tiziana Pasetti

My first memory –let’s call it Etruscan- goes back to when I was eleven and from Monte Compatri, a town belonging to the Roman Castles which had the great honour to host my Christmases, we went on a school trip to Cerveteri and Tarquinia. I only remember the scolding and a great amount of laughter. The Etruscans, at that time, did not have a great impact on me. Then, I have another memory. In the year 2000, I moved to L’Aquila: in Fossa, a small town very close to the capital of the Abruzzo region, an ancient necropolis was discovered, 500 tombs excavated throughout a 3500 sq.m. territory to testify the presence of something not yet written on the history books but certainly on the stars. The Etruscans were looking for me, they wanted to talk to me, conquer me. They had to wait millenniums, in fact. But patience -like our grandparents said and most probably the inhabitants of Cerveteri and Fossa- is always rewarded!
A banquet with bows, sensational dishes, tables set with an artistic sense: all of this has got to me some days ago, thanks to my sister who is a friend of Laura, the Etruscan of modernity. “Can you write a preface?” She asked me. Which is like saying “sit at the head of the table, you are the guest of honour”. I said yes. How could I say no to my sister who lives far away and to whom, when we were little girls, I cut with the scissors in two her adored woollen sweater with huge felt braids? I said yes through gritted teeth while I thought “but who are these Etruscans? And what should I write? I’ll eat her alive!” I ate, instead of her arms coated in breadcrumbs and fried in peanut oil, the frittata di puls in mare (omelette). A marvel (the only variation: the replacement of the pecorino – which honouring my Roman origins I cannot stand- for the parmesan cheese), a perfect concert of savours, full, rich in its ingredients’ essential elegance.
So, I savoured around these Etruscans inside my mouth, I tasted them, I searched them with ardent curiosity during my trip to Milan.
A great story, theirs, men and women “of today” more than we ourselves manage to be. Women without the need of a pink quota, respectful men. In fact, to the patronymic, the man’s name, they used to add the matronymic.
I want to stay sitting down here with them and, through their excellent and acclaimed dishes, hear them “speak”. Come sit down with me. To my right and to my left (Remember? I’m sitting at the head of the table!) Laura? Please. You can start serving.

L’Aquila, June 27, 2018
Tiziana Pasetti
Journalist

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Laura Pastore

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