But when a friend suggested putting 'chicken' before the names of Italian footballers - even though I'd never heard of them, they did sound rather delicious.
Pollo nocerino sounds like chicken with hazelnuts; pollo Barzagli has a Hungarian paprika feel, don't you think; pollo Marchisio comes with asparagus; de Rossi must be red wine sauce; pollo Chiellini might be poached in brodo with pasta shapes and pollo di Natale is probably studded with truffles.
Chicken Balzaretti Chicken Abate
Chicken Barzagli Chicken Bonucci
Chicken Marchisio Chicken Giaccherini
Chicken De Rossi
Chicken Pirlo Chicken Diamanti Chicken Nocerino
Chicken Cassano Chicken Di Natale Chicken Borini
Now if only I had a glass of Chianti and a packet of breadsticks ...