You’ve heard of Italian cuisine, right?
Home-made pasta, tasty sauces, fresh fish, cheeses, cured meats, colorful fruits and vegetables.
All lovingly-prepared by mamma, according to recipes handed down through the generations.
And wolfed down by an adoring husband and a bunch of kids, gathered hungrily around the kitchen table.
If you visit Italy, best keep a wary eye out for the multitude of tatty-looking scooters which zip around with large plastic or polystyrene boxes strapped precariously to their luggage racks.
They’re driven by the most desperate of recent immigrants, who work illegally and with even less knowledge of road safety than the locals.
The insulated boxes balanced on the back contain takeaway pizzas, destined for some family’s dinner.
So nothing to peel, chop and fry after all. And no time wasted waiting for water to boil for pasta.
Hubby can slump in front of the TV news, as there’ll be no plates to wash. Just a pile of flat cardboard boxes to take out to the trash on the way to work in the morning.
All it takes to feed the family is a phone call to one of the ‘pizza d’asporto’ places, which have sprung up everywhere.
For five euros or so a pizza will be hand-delivered to your home!
And if eating pizza for dinner gets tired, what about a takeaway kebap?
All you need is enough Italian to make that vital call…
Miss this one and you risk having to cook or wash up!
The ‘launch offer’ on Alta moda, alto pericolo, this week’s new Italian easy reader, ends on Sunday.
For just a few more days you can get your copy for €7.50 instead of the regular price (from Monday) of €9.99.