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Treviso celebrates the history of the menu

Over 300 menus, from the 19th century to the present day, and ten thematic appointments for the event dedicated to the culture of the table and the art of receiving

11, Jan 2023

Treviso becomes the centre of Italian food and wine culture from 4 March to 1 April thanks to the event Note di Pranzi (Notes of Lunches), scheduled at Casa Robegan. Conceived by Alessia Cipolla, architect and founder of La Costruzione del Gusto, Note di Pranzi takes its name from the definition of the great gastronome and writer Pellegrino Artusi (1820-1911) to the “distinctions of lunches” in his book “La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene” (1891).

The event will consist of several moments. At Casa Robegan, a Renaissance mansion a stone's throw from the Duomo, the exhibition will be held, displaying around 300 menus between 1850 and 2022. The exhibition itinerary, part of one of the most important Piedmontese collections in Italy, runs through the splendid hallway and main floor of the palazzo, narrating small and great stories lived at the table. 

Simple and elegant, or designed by great artists, the menus remain an interesting trace of moments of sharing, hospitality and conviviality, and the design of the set-up includes a display in routes divided by theme, origin and historical era. 

Folded by an elegant ribbon, whether they belonged to royal houses or private citizens, menus are the testimony of events to remember, private and public memories, a useful source for many fields of research, from gastronomy to sociology, passing through the history of illustration, image, fashions and customs. Like cuisine, the organisation of meals in fact evolves according to epochs, history and places.

Note di Pranzi will also involve the entire city, thanks to appointments open to the public, including conferences and workshops on the history of gastronomy and culture at the table and two cooking lessons held by Angela Maci. All the meetings will take place in historical places and venues in the city centre. In fact, the choice of Treviso is no coincidence: first of all, the event perfectly embodies the spirit of Marca Gioiosa et Amorosa; moreover, it was precisely in the province of Treviso, at the Abbey of Sant'Eustachio in Nervesa della Battaglia, that Monsignor Della Casa wrote the Galateo, a central element in our culture of hospitality.

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