Puoi sperare nella luna, (you can hope in the moon)
puoi tentare a carte o a lippa, (you can try at cards or at lippa*)
ma tu non avrai fortuna (but you won’t have luck)
se non mangerai la trippa! (if you don’t eat tripe)
*Lippa is a popular game involving 2 pieces of wood and dates back to the 15th century
Pizzighettone, Lombardy – in this part of Italy it’s said that eating tripe on the feast day of San Bassiano (January 19th) will bring health and good fortune for the rest of the year. As the patron saint for Pizzighettone and nearby Lodi (they have their own festa), this means a lot of delicious trippa this past Sunday. Organized by the Int’l Lions Club of Pizzighettone, the 4-day event is held within the city’s surrounding muraria – a great wall composed of vaulted rooms which are all linked together. We headed out early despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain and look what it got us – cozy fireside dining!
Tender tripe, beans, and pork swimming in tasty broth. Of course no italian Sunday lunch is complete without cured meats, assorted cheese, wine, dessert, coffee and grappa.
The event occurs simultaneously with BuonGusto d’Inverno (Taste of Winter), a gathering of food producers and vendors with a variety of local and regional products. Fresh produce, wine, salumi, cheese, honey, olive oil…if we had shopped before lunch, there wouldn’t have been enough denaro left for the tripe.