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little birds

Can mean 'little birds' (larks and thrushes, usually), hunted in the north and served with polenta (polenta e osei), which also the name of a classic pastry in Bergamo.

It can also mean veal 'birds' or involtini, such as the Trentino's osei scampai, filled with bacon and sage.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by pizzodisevo 1937