Gabriele D’Annunzio, gourmand
When he held a dinner party, Gabriele D’Annunzio, also known as the Poet, left nothing to chance.
Gabriele D’Annunzio was not what you would call a glutton, with the exception of ice cream, over which he lost all of his poise as an inspired and elegant poet: he ate it in huge quantities, until he was bursting at the seams.
For such an exacting and extravagant man, there was a certain level of childishness, so much so that his faults were often pardoned. For example, throughout his life, he always recalled the sweets of his childhood and Pescara, and in particular, the “Parrozzo”, a sweet, cake-like bread for which he coined a song in the Abruzzo dialect, “This new bread is so good it feels like San Cetteo has gone mad”. San Cetteo was the patron saint of his birth city.
Unfortunately, D’Annunzio was not able to enjoy the pleasures of food as freely as he would have liked.
History shows that for a man who took part in the famous Flight over Vienna during the First World War and who faced many other aerial actions of the war, even he had a great fear – the dentist – so much so that in the latter years, he was ashamed to eat with his guests.
He ate soft food in a private room and then engaged in conversation with those who had finished eating in the monumental “Cheli” (shell) room, where his famous turtle was preserved .