Londoners have been tucking into a slightly different Italian snack recently, and it has gone down a treat. Although it’s unlikely to spell the end for pizza, fugasun – also known as torta verde – is really growing in popularity here, thanks to Roy Rovelli of Vegetarian Society-approved company Rita’s Fugasun, based in Acton. It’s a delicious vegetarian dish made from vegetables and rice wrapped in a light pastry, believed to have originated from the Italian village of Apricale.
This recipe, like all the best ones, has been handed down the generations for 200 years, and comes packed with all the tradition, skill and experience you’d expect from such a lineage. Roy’s grandmother Rita made her fugasun so well that it’s prompted him to produce it on a much larger scale for everyone to enjoy.
The dish can be eaten hot, cold, as a snack, or as part of a larger meal served with a light salad or some soup. With just 168 calories per 100g, it’s not just an alternative vegetarian pie, but a healthier choice made from flour, organic Arborio rice and free-range organic eggs, and often Swiss chard, parsley, onion, courgette or chilli flakes.
Having already been picked up by several sandwich shops and delis in and around London, grandma Rita’s fugasun is undoubtedly the next tasty Italian snack to take lunchtimes by storm.