The Italian Pantry: Antacid

What is it used for? Fennel…anisette…do you notice a theme here? There’s definitely some indigestion going on after the big holiday dinners…we Italians refer to this as acidita, pronounced ah-gi-da. The brand name for the Italian Alka-Seltzer is Brioschi. It is pronounced bree-oh-skee, but in dialect, we called it bree-osh-kee.  The blue bottle is a familiar staple in the Italian medicine cabinet. Brioschi is dissolved in water just like Alka-Seltzer, and that is how the adults in my family would take it. But Grandma would give us some of the crooked, ridged strands to eat while she drank hers. It was like candy to us. It dissolves on your tongue and makes your mouth frothy. Even today, I take it this way instead of in water.

–Dina Di Maio


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