Sugo: The Sunday Gravy Of My Childhood

Jerry Finzi from Grand Voyage Italy dishes on a grand tradition.

This article, written by Jerry Finzi, appears on Grand Voyage Italy.

Nearly every Sunday of my early childhood my Mom made something most Italian-Americans (especially those from Naples) called Sunday Gravy. Simply put, Sunday Gravy is making a large batch of tomato sauce and introducing various types of meat into it. In Italian, the word salsa means sauce… a sauce is made from something other than meat. Like putting a fruit or cheese sauce over meat, chicken or fish. The Italian word sugo means gravy. A gravy is made from the liquids and fat that are rendered from various meats — like using turkey drippings to make a gravy.  The all-day cooking of meat in tomato sauce gives off a heady scent, that would fill our apartment, and waft out into the hallway for the entire building to smell — “Ahh…the Finzi’s are making Gravy today!”

The secret of Sugo the slow cooking or pippiare (cook slowly). Read more at Grand Voyage Italy…

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