Called faraona in Italian, guinea fowl were introduced to Italy from Egypt, and in Le Marche they were considered to be a mark of distinction, enjoyed by only the aristocrats and wealthy farmers, who would serve them at wedding feasts and for other special occasions. This recipe was created by the composer Rossini’s cook, for the banquet held in celebration of the première of his famous opera (Moses in Egypt), which took place on 20 November 1842. The guinea fowl was theatrically unwrapped at the table when served, alongside a small hammer, which was provided to crack the hard salt crust.
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