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Eight manuscript kitchen menu notebooks, and five menus
Rome, 1931. Manuscript notebooks with menus for daily luncheons and dinners from the grand Casino dell'Aurora Pallavicini. Five menus for presentation in the dining room are also included. Casino dell'Aurora Pallavicini stands within Palazzo Pallavicini Rospiglios in Rome, which dates to the early 17th century. Built for the Cardinal Scipione Borghese over the ruins of the Baths of Constantine, the casino is home to an impressive collection of art, including paintings, sculptures and frescoes, and is still owned and operated by Rospigliosi-Pallavicini family today. Despite the Italian location of the Casino, all menus are all written in French and feature traditional French dishes (exception noted below): an example of the dominance and influence of French cuisine throughout the world. An example of items from the déjeuner menus include: Potage au tapioca, Oeufs en cocottes p. d'asperges, and Salade de legumes. From the diner menus: Consommé aux quenelles, Filet de boeuf garmé, and Glace à l'orange. Lunch features 3-5 items; dinner 5-7. Earlier notebooks are labeled with the name "Meunier". One notebook dates to one month prior to the commencement of World War I; another includes guest lists featuring various shades of royalty. Each notebook is filled with as many menus as pages in a given volume, and each feature one hand, with occasional margin comments or menu adjustments in an alternate. Condition varies, but overall is good or better. A detailed list of contents is available upon request.
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