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boccone

a mouthful

Bocconi, naturally enough, have also come to denote any sort of hors d'oeuvre or tapa. Anything small.

Bocconi are also murici, murex, a species of sea snail that once made the 'royal purple' dye (red, really) that coloured the cloaks of Roman emerors. They turn up on menus occasionally.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Catherine Bulinski