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Ever wonder why it’s called Wedding Soup?
In the dialect of the Lucani (as natives of Basilicata are known) maritare means “to wed,” and I h...
 
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August 20, 2014
Ever wonder why it’s called Wedding Soup?

In the dialect of the Lucani (as natives of Basilicata are known) maritare means “to wed,” and I have always thought that this wonderful soup was so named because it was customarily served at wedding celebrations. Recently, however, while doing some research, I came upon another explanation of why it is called maritata—because it weds vegetables (in the soup base) with meat (in the polpette), and with this added protein it becomes a complete and balanced one-course meal. I like both interpretations of the name and believe they’re compatible.