SCAMPI ≱ SHRIMP and Alla Mano

My lovely non-Industrial Fish Monger, Pesciarola-Non-Industriale, gives instructions once again to folks that Shrimp ain’t no Scampi, and, you can’t ask for precise ounces when ordering since she’s an artigiana.

Which, brings us to an interesting Italian saying: alla mano. It’s a saying you hear all the time meaning someone who is ‘off the cuff,’ but also who has the bravura to handle the plethora of quotidian situations and changes a day may give. A pastry chef needs to be precise and scientific; the fish monger knows more or less how much you need to make that fish stew.

 

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