Mar 15, 2017
The "sinoira" snack from Piedmont.
The very name of the snack “sinoira” briefly summarizes the concept: sinoira comes from sina, or dinner in Piedmontese dialect, it ranks right between the hours of afternoon snack and the evening meal. It was originally practiced by the farmers during the long days of summer job or during the harvest period, when between 17 and 18 they were in need of refreshment to be able to continue working until the sun goes down.
Usually the foods that were brought were dictated by the convenience of being able to be eaten quickly without having to sit at the table. The most common foods were: bread, salame, cheese and frittata, all accompanied by their own wine.
With the ascent to the middle class, and the transition to a better life, this costume also spread in the wealthier classes, to reach even those towns. In fact, the snack “sinoira” began to be offered in late afternoon sun in holiday homes in the countryside and was practiced mostly in the summer, outdoors, under the pergolas, when receiving guests. It was a buffet, consumed mainly standing, fresh starters, such as meat and marinated zucchini, veal with tuna sauce, Russian salad, etc. In the eighties of the twentieth century it was considered chic to be invited to one of these snacks.
Lately, “sinoira” snack has been proposed accompanied as an aperitif in many clubs, it has become very fashionable among young people and assumed the new connotation of generous appetizer.
The success of this form of catering especially among young people is due to the cheap price with which you can consume a quantity of food comparable to a dinner. Again the dishes are served at a buffet and often consumers remain standing with their dish and chat. In summer, wherever possible, this ritual is consumed outdoors, returning to the initial practice.