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Entry from July 13, 2020
“How do they have their pasta in Hell?"/"Al Dante.”

"Al dente” cooking should not be written as “al Dante” (as in Dante’s Inferno), but there are jokes.

“How to cook al-dante pasta?” was posted on the newsgroup rec.food.cooking on July 21, 1994. “If I want to cook pasta al Dante, do I need to use an Inferno?” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on October 8, 1996. “Al Dante; adj. The state of perfection to which one is cooked alive when in the deepest pit of hell” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on November 1, 2009.

“How do they have their pasta in Hell? Al Dante” was posted on Twitter by Lex Williams on July 13, 2018. “I like to cook my pasta al Dante. I boil the hell out of them” was posted on Twitter by “cake that looks like a manky swan” on February 13, 2020. “I went to an Italian restaurant yesterday and had pasta cooked straight out of the eighth circle of hell. It was al Dante” was posted on Twitter by Bob Kostic on July 12, 2020.


Wikipedia: Al dente
In cooking, al dente /ælˈdɛnteɪ/ (Italian pronunciation: [al ˈdɛnte]) describes pasta or rice that is cooked to be firm to the bite. The etymology is Italian “to the tooth”.

In contemporary Italian cooking, the term identifies the ideal consistency for pasta and involves a brief cooking time.

Wikipedia: Inferno (Dante)
Inferno (Italian: [iɱˈfɛrno]; Italian for “Hell") is the first part of Italian writer Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the “realm ... of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites or violence, or by perverting their human intellect to fraud or malice against their fellowmen”. As an allegory, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
How to cook al-dante pasta?
Robert Walsh
7/21/94
writes:
> I am always having problem to cook any sort of pasta into
> ‘al-dante’
>
Dante Alighieri was known as Al Dante to his buddies at the pool hall-cum-bar where he liked to hang out, and he had a wide-ranging reputation for his pasta sauces.  His sauce “Paradiso” was declared heavenly.  You had to wait a long time for his sauce “Purgatorio,” but they say the results were worth the wait.  However, it was his hot and zesty sauce “Inferno” that really put a fire under his dinner guests, so devilishly good was it.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Italian Cuisine
Dave Lemire
10/8/96
Alternate subjects I considered include “Authoritarian
Food”, “Brimstone”, and “A Burning Question”.  Anyway,

If I want to cook pasta al Dante, do I need to use an Inferno?

Urban Dictionary
Al Dante
Al Dante; adj. The state of perfection to which one is cooked alive when in the deepest pit of hell. Ie: extremely angry; livid. A play on the culinary term “al dente” (cooked to perfection) and named for Italian writer Dante and his famous epic set in hell, The Inferno.
Guy 1: Man, Roger just went into a total meltdown when John ran off with his wife after torching his house and car.
Guy 2: Yup, I’d say he was pretty Al Dante.

by oneply November 01, 2009

Twitter
Mr Wowser
@wowser
In Hell, they like their pasta al Dante.
2:47 PM · Jul 30, 2010·Twitter for iPhone

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Duncan Budd
@duncanbudd
The pasta tastes like hell - it was cooked al Dante
4:49 PM · Feb 7, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Jon Williams
@jcwilli3
“al Dante” - how pasta is cooked in Hell.
8:08 PM · Apr 28, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Lavie Tidhar
@lavietidhar
you know how they serve pasta in hell?
al dante
3:09 PM · Jul 30, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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Heather
@HWildeNYC
How do people in Hell prefer their pasta?
al Dante.
#JokeoftheDay
6:09 PM · Dec 30, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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Philip Wilson
@WinstonPsmith
The food in hell is served al Dante.
2:24 PM · Jan 7, 2016·Plume for Android

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Lex Williams
@0mourningstar0
How do they have their pasta in Hell?
Al Dante
9:04 PM · Jul 13, 2018·Twitter Web Client

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Robin Allender
@robinallender
Found myself eating pasta in the seventh circle of hell the other day. Realised I’d order it al Dante.
4:41 PM · Jan 8, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
cake that looks like a manky swan
@OhChickenBalls
I like to cook my pasta al Dante. I boil the hell out of them.
1:29 PM · Feb 13, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
I went to an Italian restaurant yesterday and had pasta cooked straight out of the eighth circle of hell.
It was al Dante.
6:44 PM · Jul 12, 2020·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, July 13, 2020 • Permalink