Published July 25, 2019
This video was recorded by Maddalena Brunasi in Frassinello Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy. Piedmontese is spoken by about 1.5 million people, primarily in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Though it has been a written language since at least the 12th century, it was not until the 17th and 18th centuries that Piedmontese speakers developed a robust literary culture, which continues to this day and includes works of poetry, prose, theater, and science. Nonetheless, like all regional Italian languages, Piedmontese faces the challenge of an ambivalent government: it is recognized only regionally and taught minimally in schools. In this video, Annita Dellavalle recites the poem "Pan fresc e tajarin" by Lorenzo Magrassi, which in two In the two parts describes the fragrance of "pan fresc" or freshly baked bread, and how his grandmother would mix flour and eggs to make "tajarin" and "macaroni" or tagliatelle and maccheroni. Her recitation was part of E BON!, a March 20th performance at the Castello di Frassinello in Frassinello Monferrato.