On the occasion of the closing of the Bracigliano ChristmasL’Khorakhané Association, together with Consultation of the Associations of the Municipality of Braciglianopresents the book of Salvatore De Caro “Pizzaiolo not by chance” (D&P publishers). The appointment is scheduled for this evening, at 7 pm, at Palazzo De Simone. Not a simple meeting, but a real celebration of the art of ancient crafts, of typical products of excellence and of those who manage to enhance them, which will be attended by the mayor of Bracigliano, John Julianthe deputy mayor with responsibility for the protection of typical products, Ferdinando Albanothe director of Gal Terra is Vita, Francis Joywith the introduction of Patricia Bottacouncilor for events and demonstrations of the Municipality of Bracigliano.
“Braciglianese pride, translated into the table, which from cherries to chestnuts, from honey to bread, up to oil, also transfers to pizza. From flour to flour, a record that characterizes us, of which we are proud” – is what the mayor Iuliano says in renewing the invitation to participate. With the preface of the gastronomic journalist, Alfonso Sarno, the volume tells the story of a pizza maker “not by chance”, which has lasted for over 30 years.
An autobiographical book that is also the story of a family tradition, in the description of the strong, symbiotic bond with his paternal grandfather Giuseppe, his firm point of reference and undisputed master of life, as well as a skilled handler of doughs and sourdoughs. Pages that are read with interest and that make the reader participate – almost directly – in the daily life of De Caro, in the Bracigliano of the 80s, from his work experiences in Modena, to the battle to be able to live his story of love with Silvana, whom he later married and with whom he shared private and business in the pizzeria of Mercato San Severino. An autobiography of the soul. Nice to find the words that he dedicates to Father Severino Pisacanea minor friar native of Tramonti, a religious of great spirituality, among other things, chosen by Roberto Rossellini to participate in the dramatic film “Francesco, giullare di Dio”. In him, De Caro finds a second father who directs him in his choices and, although several years have passed since the religious’s death, his affection and his gratitude remain vivid. To close the book a series of recipes on the menu de “The art of pizza at Salvatore’s”, the restaurant in Mercato San Severino which has become the favorite destination for those who love traditional cuisine accompanied by expertly prepared dishes, pizzas and panuozzi, between inspiration and innovation. “I learned the art of sourdough bread-making from my grandfather Giuseppe, an excellent baker, who as early as 1965 in his shop sold, in addition to different types of bread, pizzas by the slice with tomato and oregano. It was immediately amazement: the inhabitants of the town of Bracigliano had never seen one before. They were snapped up right away! At the age of 11, in my spare time, I helped my grandfather. What a fantastic thing it was to play and knead with flour! I decided that this would be my job when I grew up and I began to follow the teachings handed down, with long devotion and hard work, just as I had seen him do for years. I carried on my grandfather’s art of pizza in his native country and then discovered northern Italy. I worked for ten years at the most renowned restaurants. Many experiences and many sacrifices have served to make my dream come true: to return to the south to open my own pizzeria. It was 2003 when I opened my restaurant. Here, “in my kingdom”, for about twenty years, you can find the fruits of my land, my experience and my family: the Vien Mò pizza, the panuozzo, the scupptitiat chicken and the mallone with Bracigliano mascuotto. Everything is worked with tenacity, care and dedication, to faithfully reproduce the same ancient flavours”.