‘A putia

‘A putia

In the old Roman world the word apotheca (from Greek apotheki) was used to call a food store with a wine outlet, a sort of tavern where people were buying their food and wines for home consumption. In the modern Romance languages the word has evolved into a variety of meanings: in French, as usual, we have the very chic boutique, in Spanish and Portuguese the word bodega is always in relation with wine making and retailing, while the Italian bottega, the Catalan botica and the Sicilian putia or putiga have faithfully kept the original reference to a shop, a store where you can buy food or other stuffs for home, including wine because we like our wines and a meal is not a meal without wine. In Sicily the word is used more and more, even when speaking Italian, by all those people who refuse to buy their food just in globalised supermarkets and fight with all their strength to support and save the secular tradition of small scale shops and all the social relations connected to the personal contacts between sellers and clients that large supermarkets cannot offer.  Viva ‘a putia

Gianluca D’Alia, Paesaggio Sicilia Tours

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