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Let’s get to know the Squartuccuato, the votive bread featured on the altars of San Giuseppe in Poggioreale

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Poggioreale, Italy

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March 18th at 18:00 in your time zone

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A work of art in the shape of bread

In Poggioreale, 19 March is above all the feast of Squartuccuato bread, which the local women, by kneading the flour and stuffing it with dried figs, create artistic artefacts of extraordinary beauty. The dough is worked by hand, through a painstaking carving process called ‘squartuccio’. This is a sophisticated technique that families have handed down for generations, whereby the top layer of the dough is embellished with embroidery.

St Joseph’s altars are a triumph of bread, which takes on different shapes and sizes and a deep sacred meaning to which the feast of the patriarch saint expressly alludes.

The citizens of Poggioreale still try and work to keep the traditions and culture of this small town alive. This meeting will tell the story of this bread with Antonino Tusarolo and Marilena Salvato; there will also be an exciting “incursion” by the writer Professor Gaetano Zummo. The ritual of preparing the altars with Squartuccuato is rich in history: the preparation will be explained, as well as the tradition that from very poor ingredients gave rise to an extraordinary ceramic manufacture that has made it a perpetual art form.

Free event organised by the Slow Food Community of Neighbourhood Shops.

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