What do rosemary and tarallo have in common? We will find out thanks to Mattia, who will tell us about his experience linked to the preparation of the boiled tarallo nasprato, in the context of the popular tradition of Rosamarina, in its particular declination in Santo Stefano del Sole, a municipality in Irpinia located in the Sabato Valley, a vast area of ​​the province of Avellino, which winds along the banks of the river of the same name.

This particular tarallo is a salient Easter gastronomic product in this area and is the ritual food of the traditional and popular – religious event of Rosamarina, an intangible heritage of the Campania region since 2019.
Specifically, Mattia will let us know about his experiences in the kitchen during the preparation of the event, and the particular role that children have, recipients of the transmission of typical homemade Easter recipes and the “canto a fronna”, the “Rosamarina”, symbols of cultural contamination between internal areas (Irpinia in the Serino area) and coastal areas (through the Agro Nocerino Sarnese).

Interiew by: Maria Taddio
Video by: Bartole Cetrola, Maria Taddio
Video Editing by: Bartole Cetrola
Document by: Lara Manzi, Maria Taddio
Subtitle ita/eng by: Edoardo Gargiulo, Lara Manzi
Translation by: Lara Manzi
MedEatResarch – Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Realized: 19/05/2024

Mattia Capossela

Mattia Capossela

Year: 09/09/2013
City: Avellino
Education: Elementary school
Profession: Student
Language: Italian, Irpinian dialect

Video table of contents

00:00:00 - 00:01:26 Introduction
00:01:27 - 00:03:06 The Rosamarina told by Mattia
00:03:07 - 00:04:48 Rosemary and the analogy with Saint Vitus
00:04:49 - 00:06:53 The rosemary branch and the serenade in the archaic rural society
00:06:54 - 00:08:16 Food exchanges and cultural influences between the Sabato Valley and the Agro Nocerino Sarnese
00:08:17 - 00:09:47 The typical Easter dishes of the Sabato Valley
00:09:48 - 00:10:25 Boiled tarallo and its preparation
00:10:26 - 00:12:01 Mattia’s experience in preparing tarallo
00:12:02 - 00:12:32 What it means to give a tarallo as a gift
00:12:33 - 00:13:32 The calendar of the ancient society was marked by liturgical or laical celebrations
and food rites
00:13:33 - 00:15:39 Egg replaces yeast in the tarallo recipe
00:15:40 - 00:18:41 The conclusion of the festival: the auction of Easter products
00:18:42 - 00:19:32 The fundamental role of children
00:19:33 - 00:20:45 Tarallo: from sustainable food to symbol of sharing
00:20:46 - 00:21:32 Saint Vitus Italy
00:21:33 - 00:22:16 Thanks Mattia!

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
Città: Avellino, area della Valle del Sabato, Santo Stefano del Sole
Altitude: 547 m s.l.m.