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How Eritreans Reclaimed Lasagna

After Italian occupation, Eritreans reclaimed the layered dish as their own

While traditional dishes like zigni and shiro are quotidian staples, Italian food such as lasagna is a reminder of the country’s historic challenges and triumphs.


In Asmara, Eritrea, bowling alleys are adorned with stained-glass windows. A former gas station, modeled after an airplane, is flanked with breathtaking 98-foot wings. Called “Piccola Roma” by Mussolini in the 1930s, Asmara stood as the bustling hub of colonized Italian East Africa, and by the start of World War II, Italians—lured by the promise of Mussolini’s burgeoning African empire—outnumbered Eritreans. Continue reading How Eritreans Reclaimed Lasagna