October 8, 2006
la Mia Famiglia
The Mafia ( some say from MiA FamiglIA my family) is real.
Not always in the shoot 'em up way pictured in television or in the Godfather films, but often as the only way to get something done it Italy. With all the red tape, often a word to the correct person with connections is the only way to get something done.
I think we all create our own mafia... of friends to make life easy.
But the Bad Mafia, drug dealing, payoffs, called pizzo, and prostitution... also exists.
When caught and taken to jail now, the Italian government is requisitioning the land.. and there is now a new line of food products from the land.
The product line is called LIBERA TERRA, from the lands freed from the mafia.
Above is the tomato sauce, they also produce flour, pasta and beans.
I find these products at the local COOP grocery store.
I would assume that most of the land is in the south of Italy.
The pasta is made in a factory in Corleone, ( sound familiar?) that has made pasta since the 1800's and is still made in the slow way, 40 hours drying time. This creates a wonderful chewy pasta, hard to overcook and the sauce clings to it as it is extruded through brass dies, which leave a rough edge to the outside of the pasta.
Life is made up of lot's of little things.... that add up!