Like Pesto and Sea Salt: The Genovese

Apr 13, 2023 328

So begins the ever-strange ode to the inhabitants of Genova made by the master of the Italian tongue himself, Dante Alighieri. In a way, that simple sentence defines in every sense how the rest of Italy views the people I’m proud to call my own.

Indeed, we Genovese are a strange people compared to what’s considered the Italian norm. When the average person thinks of Italy, it’s quite romantic: “ciao bella” and vespas and endless plates of pasta and Mediterranean warmth. 

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