This simple roast pork dish has a wonderful story behind it. It is an ancient Medici court recipe, from a banquet held in honour of the Greek Bishops who were journeying to Florence for the Ecumenical Council. As this was the first time the Greeks had journeyed this far, nobody was quite sure when they would arrive, so a dish had to be created that would last a few days and taste good either hot or cold. Lots of pepper, salt and garlic were used to preserve the meat as much as possible, while sweet-smelling rosemary was abundantly applied to add fragrance. When the Greeks arrived, they pronounced the meat ‘Aristos!’ which in ancient Greek means ‘excellent’, and so this tasty pork roast became known as arista for evermore and is still enjoyed on a regular basis.
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