The Alberto Sordi Maccheroni Challenge

26 Jun

Amici italiani: una traduzione segue dopo la parte in inglese…cercate pure voi ER BUON SORDI!

I’m kicking off a new initiative. If you don’t know who Alberto Sordi is, please first read this post.

In that post, I promised that the next time I saw the poster of Sordi eating maccheroni from the famous scene in “Un americano a Roma,” I would start a list, trying to locate every possible restaurant that has that poster on their wall.

Well, last weekend I was out of town for a couple days and had lunch in Fiuggi. Some good blog material in Fiuggi, who would’ve ever thought? More on that in days to come. But first, I give you the first-ever entry in The Alberto Sordi Maccheroni Challenge:


Obviously, the image should come as no surprise, since it’s the only image that’s allowed in the Official ASMC. Please note the creative addition of the owner’s son doing his own interpretation. This was larger than the standard AS maccheroni posters I’ve seen, so complimenti to the owner of La Locanda, an adorable little restaurant in the historic center of Fiuggi, where we had excellent homemade pasta and enjoyed eating in a wine cellar from the 1400s.

Here’s the lobby where the poster was located:

La Locanda

Charming, no?

So, now it’s up to you to join in the challenge. I realize this is probably mainly directed to people in Italy, and Rome especially (which is why I have a translation in Italian below), HOWEVER, this does not mean that visitors to Rome can’t participate, nor does it mean that if someone happens to spot this poster in a restaurant ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD he or she can’t add it to the list. It’s a worldwide SORDI SEARCH!

I have plans for lunch on Thursday and I already happen to know that the restaurant where I’m going has the Sordi Maccheroni poster, so by the end of this week the list should be up to two.

So go forth and search for Sordi. When you find him, take a picture of the poster, and any other pictures of the restaurant that you think are relevant, then write about it on your blog, or simply send me the shots with whatever you want to say about your Sordi sighting, and I’ll add it to the list.

Valid entries will receive a secret Sordi button for their blogs.

Happy hunting! And don’t forget to eat your maccheroni.

Here’s the Italian translation. Students of Italian forgive me, as this is not word for word. I’m giving myself artistic, and Roman, license.

Oggi lancio una nuova iniziativa. Se non sai chi è Alberto Sordi (anche se mi permetto di aggiungere qua una piccola parentesi: se tu sei italiano/a e non sai chi è, voglio di’: AHO’ — n’do’ vivi??) Comunque, puoi leggere prima (in inglese) questo post.

In quel post, ho promesso che la volta successiva avessi visto il poster di Sordi mangiando i suoi maccheroni nella scena famosa da “Un americano a Roma,” avrei iniziato una lista, elencando i ristoranti con questo poster sui loro muri.

Allora, il weekend scorso ero fuori Roma per qualche giorno e ho pranzato a Fiuggi. Parecchio materiale interessante per il blog a Fiuggi, chi avrebbe mai detto? Più su quel argomento nei giorni seguenti. Per ora però, ti presento il primo ristorante nella storia ad entrare nella “Sfida dei Maccheroni di Alberto Sordi”: (foto di sopra, c’è er Sordi che magna, che ti aspettavi?)

Ovviamente, l’immaggine non dovrebbe sorprenderti, visto che è proprio questo l’immagine che vogliamo cercare nella nostra Sfida Sordi. Punti “bonus” per la foto aggiunta del figlio del proprietario che interpreta Sordi–niente male! Devo dire che questo poster era più grande di quella misura “standard” che vediamo spesso nei ristoranti, quindi mando i miei complimenti ai proprietari del ristorante La Locanda, un ristorantino adorabile nel centro storico di Fiuggi, dove abbiamo mangiato una pasta fatta in casa davvero deliziosa, e ci siamo goduti l’esperienza di mangiare in una cantina del ‘400. La seconda foto sopra dimostra l’ingresso del ristorante. Carino, no?

Ora, ragazzi, tocca a tutti voi a partecipare nella sfida. Mi rendo conto che probabilmente questa sfida è adatta, per la maggior parte, alle persone che vivono in Italia, e soprattutto a Roma (per questo la traduzione in italiano), COMUNQUE, non vuol dire nè che i visitatori a Roma che leggono questo blog non possono partecipare, nè che se qualcuno vede questo poster in un ristorante in QUALSIASI PARTE DEL MONDO che non può aggiungere quel ristorante alla lista. E’ una ricerca mondiale per ER BUON SORDI!

Vado a pranzo con un’amica giovedì in una vera trattoria romana dove già so che c’è il poster, perciò entro la fine settimana ci dovrebbero essere già due posti sulla lista.

Allora, andate tutti! Andate nei ristoranti di Roma, d’Italia, e del mondo nella ricerca del nostro eroe Sordi. Quando lo trovi, scatta una foto del poster, e anche qualche foto del ristorante se lo trovi opportuno, poi, se hai un blog, magari ci scrivi un piccolo articolo e mi mandi il link. Se non ce l’hai, basta che mi mandi queste foto con i commenti che vorresti aggiungere, e aggiungo il tutto alla lista principale. Tutti quelli che mi mandano una foto valida riceveranno una “button” segreto a mettere sui loro blog.

Buona caccia! E non dimenticate de magnà i maccheroni.


15 Responses to “The Alberto Sordi Maccheroni Challenge”

  1. John June 26, 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    Oh, a challenge I can participate in!

    I’ll most certainly be on the lookout in the eternal city.

  2. Your Tippy Row June 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    It’s UN AMERICANO A ROMA, no accent. 😉

  3. sognatrice June 26, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    Punti “bonus” anche per te! Bravissima! I’ll keep my eye out for Sordi, but I can’t say as though I’ve ever noticed this poster around here. If there are any, though, I shall find them!

  4. nyc/caribbean ragazza June 26, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    If I still lived in NYC I bet I could find a poster. 🙂

  5. Gracie June 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm #

    Ci sto!! I’m in, even if the places I’m use to visit regularly don’t have any poster, but I’ll keep my eyes open and my camera on hand. The challenge has an expiring date?

  6. Shelley, At Home in Rome June 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    John: Yes, you definitely will have to join in.

    Tippy: Uh oh, Shelley è bocciata, che vergogna.

    Sognatrice: Yeah, I don’t figure he’s that big down in Calabria, but, you never know. Do you guys have a local “hero”? I’m curious. Well, besides the red horns of course…

    NYC: I bet you could too. What about those chain restaurants called Buca di Beppo? Do you think you might find a poster among all the memorabilia there? Do they have those in CA?

    Gracie: Great, you just never know where it might turn up. No expiration date… just an ongoing mission.

  7. cheeky June 26, 2007 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m going to be on the lookout as well, just for the heck of it. They do have Buca di Bepo here in so cal but I’ve never been.
    What fun! It will be fun to see what turns up.

  8. FinnyKnits June 26, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    I doubt I’ll run into Sordi, but if I do, I’ll definitely contribute a photo. Meanwhile, I love your translations and will be able to understand more as I get into my second round of classes. WOO!

  9. jessica in rome June 27, 2007 at 12:38 am #

    YAY! I have a post coming up about our favorite pub, that of course has this famous pic! I let you know when I post it!

  10. Jeff June 27, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    I think I know a place or two here with ol’ Sordi. I should start a Padre Pio challenage. I see him in restaurants and stores all the time.

  11. KC June 27, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    I never see pictures of Sordi down here, but I’m not surprised- they would take valuable space away from the pictures of Totò!

  12. jessica in rome July 1, 2007 at 2:55 am #

    Hey shelley I posted a my Sordi picture finding on my site! Yay! the search is on!

  13. Andrea July 2, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    Oh CRAP! We got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico one week ago. We ate twice at a great Italian restaurant named “Espresso” where they made thin crust pizza in a wood burning stove. Their pasta was good too. ANYWAY, we sat at a table with the Sordi picture hanging on the wall next to us. I told my husband about your blog and the picture but I didn’t think to take a photo. I had thought that you wanted photos from restaurants in Rome. Someone else will have to get that shot in PV as my husband was not enchanted with PV and has no desire to return. Our next vacation will be in Puglia in the fall so hopefully I can add a photo at that time!

  14. Gennaro April 18, 2008 at 7:16 am #

    please see my new project and… word of mouth

  15. paolo il figo August 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    hey ciao a tutti-halo to everyone out there.i think that famous poster of Mr.Alberto Sordi with his mouth full of pasta is one and only. there is one hanging in a bar-ristorante in johannesburg south africa at the Nelson Mandela square.not many will understand who this gentleman really was.Ciao baccioni

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