“Orecchiette” is a portable project that uses this shape of hand-made pasta (“little ears” in
Italian) as a metaphor and focal point for listening to each other. With individuals or small groups, we gather around a theme and a pile of flour, and hand-shape pasta as we talk. Then we cook the pasta and together we eat it, typically with a homemade pesto, but sometimes in the traditional preparation with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage.
At the beginning of the University of Wisconsin study abroad program in Spring 2019, In our temporary home in Florence, we listened to 60 students (in groups of 6-8) spread over an entire day.