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
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, 773-275-5325.
For more information, call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at www.sentieri.com