This blogpost is dedicated to J.H., with best holiday wishes, December 2017.
LIMERICK VERSE: Original verses composed by Giorgio Coniglio, and compiled in November 2017. Many of the contributing poems have been published at the OEDILF website (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) by Giorgio Coniglio, 2016-2017. The OEDILF identifying number (#) and the Author's Note accompanying each poem, where relevant, are shown accompanying each verse.
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to "The Limerick Song", as per YouTube here.
SONGLINK (note in followup): As of February 2018, another Italian song with Giorgio's substituted lyrics about Italian food can be found on this blog -- see "Filastrocca: PISA'S LEAN TRATTORIA".
WORDPLAY LINK: Folks who enjoy this song might also be keenly interested in the posts on our wordplay-and-poetry blog Edifying Nonsense entitled "The Culinary World Explored With Palindromes", and "Limericks about Food Intolerance".
1. Biscotto, Panino, and Cannolo
3. Gnudi (and gnocchi)
A LIMERICK MEDLEY
(To the tune of "The Limerick Song". Display of the lyrics has been condensed to 4 lines for each verse, with internal rhyming in line 3, rather than the more customary 5-line limerick format.)
1. In Italian, there's 'biscuit': biscotto.
Check that out with Giovanni, not Otto.
Some insist, "one biscotti" — That's a concept that's potty;
We should bury it deep in a grotto.
Same applies to 'a roll': that's panino.
Please confirm that with Paolo or Dino.
For your lunch: two panini, or a bowl of rotini
(It's not easy to eat one rotino).
For dessert, let's explore the cannolo.
Featured choice you'll adore. 'Marco Polo‘
Makes celestial cannoli —creamy filling that's holy.
Two's a lot, so start out with a solo.
2. Caponata, Sicilian dish
Sweet-and-sour eggplant salad — delish.
Vegans; don't be alarmed, as no capons get harmed.
Though the locals may serve it with fish,
You can relish it just as you wish.
3. "Good as gnocchi, so try them — you oughtta,Awesome dish that brings priests to the slaughter",
Said intrusive friend Rudy, "Tuscan name's pronounced NYOO-dee:
Naked balls of spinaci / ricotta."
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