Zuppa Romana

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Yesterday I came across this old music video from the bavarian pop group Schrott Nach 8. The title speaks for itself: “Zuppa romana“.

This song has been a hit in the 80s, and it is still well remembered in Germany, so that just few years ago the comedian Matze Knopcovered it to praise the Italian striker Luca Toni, by that time playing with Bayern Munchen.

Although on a first look this song (and the whole concept behind it) might seem utterly ridiculous and – to some picky listener – even offensive, I’ve always found this childish and stereotyped idea of the Italian Culture somehow romantically naive. I know, the lyrics are stuffed with misspelled words (pepparonigrappa speziale and so on) if not with complete nonsenses (Beirut e Caracci anyone?), and I know that there is no such thing as zuppa romana in the traditional roman cuisine; I also find hard to believe that a sane Italian would ever eat a carpaccio col formaggio (carpaccio is basically raw meat or fish, comparable to sashimi), nor drink Chianti with scampi (red wine with seafood? do you want to kill me?) or consider Coca Cola as a traditional italian beverage. Nevertheless the joyful and carefree attitude spreading from both the song and the video always managed to cheer me up.

I really do believe that many Germans who have a genuine interest in Italian Culture tend to see our country as a place where every conversation ends with a heartfelt amore mio, and I find this idea someway comforting.

Fritti scampi e chianti calamari
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Maccheroni canneloni pepparoni
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Bella donna mamma mia alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli amore mio!

Mozzarella mortadella tarantella
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Prego: acqua minerale grappa speziale cozze vongole.
Prego: torta di spinaci vongole veraci gorgonzola Coca Cola.

Zabbaione minestrone oben ohne
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Fettuccine scaIoppine fritto di zucchini
ma per me zuppa romana!

Bella donna mamma mia alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli amore mio!

Vino secco Amaretto Rigoletto
eccola per me: zuppa romana.

Prego: Insalata mista pizza Bella Vista ragazza come stai?
Prego: Misto di formaggi Beirut e Caracci un carpaccio con formaggio!

Capuccini langostini tortellini
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Gamberetti con spaghetti sigaretti
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Bella donna mamma mia alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli amore mio!

Lotte mare ne probare culinare
eccola per me: zuppa romana zuppa romana zuppa romana.


Update: on Youtube you can also find an amazing cover of this trashy classic by the roman death’n’roll band Southern Drinkstruction. The music might be too hardcore for you and the lirycs have been substantially changed (guess how) but, well, if you enjoyed the original this version is definitely worthy to be heard!

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