This week’s Italian idiom is “È sempre la solita zuppa.”
In English you might say “same old, same old” for describing a situation that was repetitive or not worth describing. In Italy you will hear “E` sempre la solita zuppa” for the same reason.
The literal translation is “It’s always the same soup,” which, in English, would make little sense unless someone had a specific issue with a lack of variety in soup.
So where did soup enter into this Italian idiom? Well if a child didn’t finish his meal, it would often be the same dish that was served to him at the next meal. This common practice among Italian parents gave way to the expression “it’s always the same soup” to mean that nothing new or interesting has taken place.
Sentieri Italiani is playing on this idiom as the title of our upcoming event on the history of Italian soup. A presentation and tasting, hosted by the President of the Slow Food® movement chapter of Brittany, France, will examine, among other things, how the Italian tradition of soup has remained consistent throughout the years. One could say, “è sempre la solita zuppa”!
Register today and drop off the payment at Sentieri Italiani, 5430 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, or call 773-275-5325.