Alice in the new Wonderland
- Words by Alessandra Piubello
- Photos by Francesca Brambilla, Serena Serrani
I was named after the audacious girl in Lewis Carroll’s classic book who follows a white rabbit down his rabbit hole to discover a magical world. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the title of the sequel, could be an image of my reflection. Luminous, vivacious eyes with a splendid silvery back, I see myself as thin and agile like an anchovy (or, as they say in Italian, Alice).
I was born on the first day of spring in 2007, an auspicious beginning. Pugliese and Campano blood in my veins, I grew in the shadow of the Madonnina, Perego’s famous statue that adorns the Milan cathedral. I think that my mothers, Viviana and Sandra, gave me this name because I favour these small, blue fish. We take care to present my name- sake appropriately – Alice are delicate and need to be eaten fresh. They are part of simple, humble, daily food; rustic, but rich in flavour. It’s symbolic of things that go beyond established traditions and prejudices in favour of Beauty, Goodness and Taste…