I'm Sorry, We're All Out of Tits

You will be hard pressed to find a better lunch value offered at the Caffè Bella Vista in Gravina in Puglia. A four course meal offered at 15 euros a person starts with a table overflowing with antipasti and ends with dessert and coffee. This, for example, was what we thought we were getting for the antipasto course…until the waiter came along and stacked a couple more plates on top of the ones already waiting for us to empty them.

antipasti pictureAntipasti: Caffe' Bella Vista in Gravina in Puglia

Then came the pasta, a beautiful orecchiette with sausage and mushrooms. Then a meat course with vegetables, for which Puglia is known.

When the waiter came by to clear the plates, he asked what we wanted for the end of the meal, the dolce bit. We made those childish rubbing-the-full-belly-in-circles hand gestures that we Americans do, and then I suddenly remembered something culinary guru Judy Witts Francini left on my facebook page.

i always stop for pastry there— they make a minne delle virgine which is incredible—think that is the name

Since the Caffè Bella Vista is also a pasticceria, I had to ask if they had one of these. But since I didn’t remember exactly what Judy had written, I asked the waiter if they had any local specialties called “something of the vergine”.

“Ah,” he exclaimed, “tette,” and scurried off to retrieve one.

When he returned he had his sad face on. They were all out of tits, tette, and they were very sorry.

It’s the first time I’ve ever discussed tits in a restaurant with a waiter. Ever. Not even pastry ones.

Minni di vergini refers, they say, to poor St Agatha, who had refused the attentions of a powerful judge, and suffered the indignation of having her breasts removed, none too delicately, the victim of the unchecked power of the rich. Saint Agatha is the patron saint of breast cancer victims.


I'm Sorry, We're All Out of Tits originally appeared on WanderingItaly.com , updated: Feb 08, 2017 © .

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