Angela Amendola was the wife and life partner of Angelo Vassallo, the mayor of Pollica (Salerno), a fisherman and the vice-president of Città Slow International, who was killed on the 5th September 2010 by the organized crime. Her words bring the Mediterranean diet back to the places, the bodies, the stories and the memories from where this life data-style, which Unesco declared human heritage, originated. This virtuous intertwining between human and nature made Cilento a place of the soul, an elective homeland for the ones who dream a best country. Angelo gave his life over for this dream. Angela, her son Antonio and her daughter Giuseppina keep  his memory alive. Their wine shop and their restaurant “Il Rosso e il Mare” in Acciaroli are the places where the food community becomes reality.

Interview by: Elisabetta Moro, Rossella Galletti and Marzia Mauriello
Video and editing by: Mariaelena Assante, Roberta Campassi and Vitale Cerrone
Document by: Marino Niola
MedEatResarch – Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Created: 04-07-2012
Angelina Vassallo

Angelina Vassallo

Date of birth: 06-06-1957
City: Pollica
Language: Italian

Video table of contents

- 00:09 Childhood memories: the smell of the anchovies caught by dad
- 01:13 All the ways to cook anchovies
- 02:37 The traditional fishing with "menaica"
- 03:17 The simplicity of Cilento cooking
- 03:56 The eggplants stuffed with goat cheese
- 04:26 A little bit of meat, a lot of legumes
- 05:51 Food and the rhythm of nature
- 06:37 How to preserve food without fridge
- 07:18 The eggplant parmigiana with the flavor of the past
- 07:37 The passion of Angelo Vassalo for the Mediterranean Diet
- 08:58 The mayor who went to sea
- 10:11 The "cacioricotta" made from the goat's milk of Angelina
- 11:57 A cheese for each dish
- 12:25 A diet based on homegrown products
- 13:01 The lunch of memory: the baked bread

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Pollica
District: SA
Locality: Acciaroli
Altitude: 6m s.l.m.

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