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We’re launching a regular Instagram Live series with our walk leaders called CB Pantry Raid – each person will give a guided tour of the local pantry and discuss the staples that have sustained their communities over the years. Tune in on Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) to hear Amedeo Colella, our Naples bureau chief, talk about the Neapolitan pantry, with a focus on pasta.

As Amedeo wrote in his Coronavirus Diary, the markets in Naples initially saw a run on pasta, with only smooth penne (penne lisce) remaining on the shelves (he obviously didn’t buy it, as they eat only ridged pasta in his house). Among the many pasta dishes Amedeo has featured in his dispatches from Naples, we are particularly fond of his primer on spaghetti with clams. To learn more about homemade pasta, read our Q&A with Vicky Bennison, the woman behind the wildly successful Pasta Grannies YouTube channel. Finally, the history of pasta production in Gragnano, a hill town outside of Naples that has the perfect air for drying pasta, is fascinating.

To join the live video on Thursday, head to our Instagram account. When we’re live, the Culinary Backstreets profile picture will appear with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap our profile picture to view the live video. When our live stream ends, the video will be available to watch on our Stories for 24 hours. After that, it’s gone for good.

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