Having enjoyed Israeli falafel for many years, it occurred to me that the basic ingredients of falafel, namely the fried chickpea concoction could be flavored with many different seasonings, not just the usual Middle Eastern ones. So, here is my Italian variety.
This delicious roasted chicken recipe can be prepared in about 2 hours.
The Jewish community of Italy, tragically, was decimated by the Holocaust. Still, its remaining community has preserved its unique culture and traditions, including a distinctive cuisine that fuses Sephardic, Middle Eastern and Spanish cooking with Italian ingredients and methods. The cuisine of the Italian Jews is a fabulous example of Jewish Fusion at its very best.
Only in Chicago is this dish considered a classic. Made famous by old-time Chicago Italian restaurants such as the Rosebud, this dish easily can be adapted for those who observe the Kosher laws. I have added my own touch to give it some extra pizzazz.
This recipe has been adapted from a description in Giuseppe Maffioli’s La cucina padovana, and is probably Ashkenazic in origin.