A Signature Dish: Pasta alla Norma

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Maccheroncini alla Norma (Maccheroni pasta, in this case, bucatini, with tomato sauce, eggplant, and grated ricotta salata cheese on top) is a classic Sicilian recipe. There are many theories about why it’s named “alla Norma,” the most convincing being that the name pays homage to Vincenzo Bellini’s opera, Norma. Bellini (1801-1835) was born in Catania, and is one of Sicily’s favorite sons.

4 thoughts on “A Signature Dish: Pasta alla Norma

  1. Coincidentally, or on purpose, while the opera “Norma” may be the source of the name for pasta alla Norma, the first singer in the opera’s lead role when it premiered in 1832 was Giuditta Pasta. Hence ‘pasta’ alla ‘Norma’. But this may just be a theory, of course. :>)

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    • Then, there is also a theory that it was originally known as pasta “normale,” or normal pasta… And eventually became Norma as a play on words. Such folk history is never cut and dried like our teachers taught us it was in school!

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