A WALK IN GENUINENESS

Scarpetta, Con-dita and Soffio bring to mind memories, smells and flavors of traditional Neapolitan cuisine. A real and genuine tradition that was born in the agora of the ancient Neapolis, the beating heart of the city, now as ever. The Sanità District has an immense heritage. This neighborhood has always shown a propensity for art and creativity, the same that inspired our Riti line.

Totò was born here, Eduardo De Filippo took inspiration for his comedies, such as Rossellini and De Sica for some of their movies.

In the alleys where baroque churches and ruined houses coexist, where noble mansions were built next to the typical Neapolitan “bassi”, i.e. storey houses carved into the tufa stone, children fill the streets like real ‘‘urchins”.

The Sanità District is not just a neighborhood, it is the living and authentic expression of all of Naples’ contradictions. Lino Scarallo by @palazzo_petrucci was born here too, growing up among the scents and colors of a world that is in danger of disappearing.

Food Partner of the Riti line, he is more than a chef. He is a brilliant, pyrotechnical Neapolitan urchin, with a volcanic and creative energy that gives him a freedom that is unknown to most in the world of haute cuisine.

Here the food becomes an expression of true feelings: the “ragù” (meat sauce) brings the family together at the table on Sunday, the “pizza fritta” (fried pizza) becomes a sampler to share and the recipes are the predominant topics of chats among the people.

The Riti Line was created thanks to the collaboration between our Partners: Lino Scarallo of Palazzo Petrucci as Food partner, Quattrocentogon as design partner and Bhumi Ceramica as handmade partner.

We walked every single alley with the eyes of a child who explores the twists and turns of the city as if it were the first time and then tells the experience lived with pure enthusiasm.

Observing every corner of the neighborhood. Perceiving each gesture as a continuous discovery. Hearing every sound of the inhabited space. Living the Sanità district in all its facets.

Walking around the neighborhood, you cannot help but notice the abundant street art that colours the alleys of the district.

The people who populate the neighborhood have caught our attention. These people were captured by our objects immersed in the surrounding space. A sense of hospitality, radiance and curiosity aroused when they saw our Riti Line placed in their space, because here the sense of belonging is extraordinary.

And it is here that a theatre and humanity laboratory was born too: Putéca Celidonia is a young Neapolitan company composed of former students of the School of Naples’ Teatro Stabile. Its identity is made up of interventions of different types: on the one hand the intense training activity in difficult contexts such as the Sanità district, on the other the scenic activity of the company.

Putéca Celidonia is a project of revaluation of the neighborhood through cultural initiatives such as “The alley of culture”, a project realized with the non-profit organization Opportunity. Small bookstores in the shape of votive kiosks have been installed. Basically, it is an open-air book sharing that, beyond any cliché, has been welcomed by the inhabitants of the district, without any thefts or damage. On the inauguration day, performances have been made from the balconies all along the street, asking people to enter their homes.

‘A voce d’o vico” (The voice of the alley) has allowed us to gain their trust.

Today, the voice of the people becomes a cry for revenge!

A path of revenge that transpires from the gazes of people who do not simply live in the neighborhood, but who live it with their body and soul.

And suddenly an unknown voice said “A little taste for me?” showing us how our Rites have become, in the blink of an eye, understood, shared and loved by the people because they are able to express a common feeling.

No place embodies the contradictions of Naples like the Sanità District.

Like children in celebration, we have shared with these people the timeless gestures, traditions and roots that will never end but, on the contrary, will always be. This continuous becoming is something that we will love, value and feel within us. Forever.

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