Cacio and Pepe Day
Cacio & Pepe Day is a culinary and social event that focuses on the person through the shared passion for the art of cooking and which is perpetuated through the Cacio & Pepe Society , an experiential project for the entire community of enthusiasts whose mission is to keep faith with this manifesto
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“Form is substance“
Different shapes of pasta, although the same in substance, do not produce the same result on a sensory level. Let’s try adding the same sauce to different types of pasta, for example butter and cheese (the “classic” sauce for pasta, from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century) and then try tasting. A forkful of spaghetti will not have the same taste as a forkful of macaroni, or fusilli, or tagliatelle. The shape produces different flavors. This is the brilliant experiment of Gualtiero Marchesi, master of contemporary Italian haute cuisine, who proposed four different pasta shapes in the same dish, all seasoned in the same way (in his case, with only extra virgin olive oil). The experiment served to demonstrate the diversity of the four sensations.
I have always thought that this Marchesi recipe is the tangible demonstration of a philosophical concept: form is substance.
Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi’s experiment by Prof. Massimo Montanari