A Mother’s Day in Confidence with Stefano
The expression “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is especially relevant when talking about Stefano Faita.
In addition to passing on her cooking skills, Elena Faita has given her son boundless energy and a huge appetite for entrepreneurship. Between two bites of his lobster eggs benedict
, Stefano explains the culinary ties he shares with his mother.
What little nickname did your mom give you when you were little?
“When everything was good, I was just ‘Stef.’ But because I was often bratty, she called me by my full name a lot. That’s when I knew things were serious.”
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever found in your mom’s freezer?
“Intestines. She uses them as sausage casings.”
Has your mom ever botched a recipe?
“She once tried to make a flan for dessert and it failed miserably. Because my mom is really hard-headed, she worked at it relentlessly until she succeeded.”
What is her biggest culinary triumph?
“Everything she touches is a triumph, but the lasagne she makes at Christmas (with her super thin pasta, her mini meatballs rolled individually, her hard-boiled eggs, her mozzarella) is a real work of art.”
When you go over to your mom’s place, what do you want to snack on?
“Taralli! It’s a kind of Italian pretzel that can be flavoured in all kinds of different ways. You eat them like chips.”
What dessert from your childhood has stayed with you?
“Her German apple cake. It was spiced with cinnamon and covered in a cream cheese glaze.”»
What food emoji best represents your mom?
“The tomato – the pride of Italian cooking.”
Can you name three things that you’re sure are in your mom’s pantry right now?
“Olive oil, sea salt and canned tomatoes. The base for everything.”
What have you inherited from your mom in terms of cooking?
“I don’t do anything halfway, just like her. Sometimes I use too much salt and seasoning. I told you she was hard-headed… Well, I am too.“