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Think traditional Italian cooking is all pasta and pizza?

Think again. Consider our question:

Has Italian cooking changed since Leonardo da Vinci's day? What delicacies might you expect to sample from a festive banquet table in Renaissance Florence?

A). Pasta
B). Songbird
C). Mozzarella cheese
D). Salami
E). None of the above

The correct answer is B). Songbird.

Think of the children's nursery rhyme, "Sing a Song of Sixpence," where "four-and-twenty blackbirds were baked in a pie!" Although that folk song is of English origin, songbirds, blackbirds and others were actually considered a delicacy throughout the courts of Europe.

Discover la Cucina Italiana of Leonardo's day. Then try a few tipico recipes!

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