Most Modicans have a house in the countryside or at the beach, to which they repair in hot weather, and my neighbour upstairs is no exception. On the way up in the lift tonight, she insisted I go and get a bowl when we got to my floor, and proceeded to empty into it a great many of her pomodori di campagna [home-grown tomatoes].
"You'll see", she said. "They'll taste better than any you've ever bought!" I'm sure they will and it was very kind of her.
"Ti amo, ti adoro
come la salsa di pomodoro."
"I love you and adore you
like I love tomato sauce."
Around here that Italian saying is regarded as one of the best compliments anyone could receive!
"Un piatto di pasta senza pomodori
è come un giardino senza fiori."
"A plate of pasta without tomatoes
is like a garden without flowers",
sings Gino Paoli in this song:
And finally, who could forget this?