Zuppa Romana [UPDATED]

Yesterday I came across this old music video from the bavarian pop group Schrott Nach 8. The title speaks for itself: “Zuppa romana”.

This song has been a hit in the 80s, and it is still well remembered in Germany, so that just few years ago the comedian Matze Knop covered it to praise the Italian striker Luca Toni, by that time playing with Bayern Munchen.

Although on a first look this song (and the whole concept behind it) might seem utterly ridiculous and – to some picky listener – even offensive, I’ve always found this childish and stereotyped idea of the Italian Culture somehow romantically naive. I know, the lyrics are stuffed with misspelled words (pepparoni, grappa speziale and so on) if not with complete nonsenses (Beirut e Caracci anyone?), and I know that there is no such thing as zuppa romana in the traditional roman cuisine; I also find hard to believe that a sane Italian would ever eat a carpaccio col formaggio (carpaccio is basically raw meat or fish, comparable to sashimi), nor drink Chianti with scampi (red wine with seafood? do you want to kill me?) or consider Coca Cola as a traditional italian beverage. Nevertheless the joyful and carefree attitude spreading from both the song and the video always managed to cheer me up.

I really do believe that many Germans who have a genuine interest in Italian Culture tend to see our country as a place where every conversation ends with a heartfelt amore mio, and I find this idea someway comforting.

Fritti
scampi e chianti
calamari
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Maccheroni
canneloni
pepparoni
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Bella donna
mamma mia
alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli
amore mio!

Mozzarella
mortadella
tarantella
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Prego: acqua minerale
grappa speziale
cozze vongole.
Prego: torta di spinaci
vongole veraci
gorgonzola
Coca Cola.

Zabbaione
minestrone
oben ohne
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Fettuccine
scaIoppine
fritto di zucchini
ma per me zuppa romana!

Bella donna
mamma mia
alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli
amore mio!

Vino secco
Amaretto
Rigoletto
eccola per me: zuppa romana.

Prego: Insalata mista
pizza Bella Vista
ragazza come stai?
Prego: Misto di formaggi
Beirut e Caracci
un carpaccio con formaggio!

Capuccini
langostini
tortellini
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Gamberetti con spaghetti
sigaretti
eccola per me: zuppa romana!

Bella donna
mamma mia
alimenti ciao.
Roma Roma Napoli
amore mio!

Lotte mare
ne probare
culinare
eccola per me: zuppa romana
zuppa romana
zuppa romana.


Update: on Youtube you can also find an amazing cover of this trashy classic by the roman death’n’roll band Southern Drinkstruction. The music might be too hardcore for you and the lirycs have been substantially changed (guess how) but, well, if you enjoyed the original this version is definitely worthy to be heard!

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

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