“Ital” is a term applied to a number of Rastafarian foods. It means “vital,” but with “I” replacing the beginning of the word, as is often done in Rasta lingo, to signify the speaker’s unity with the natural world around him or her. Sound like this is up your alley yet?
Here’s more: Ital foods don’t adhere to a specific set of rules, but tend to be free of chemical additives and artificial flavorings, and are often vegetarian or even vegan. Kaz An Nou‘s new fall menu item simply dubbed Ital is a coconut-based curried stew of various Caribbean root vegetables cooked with garlic, onions, and chopped herbs. It’s creamy and sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a warming winter spice to it. Some of the roots are fleshier and others more bark-like for a pleasant array of textures. A steaming bowl — sensibly portioned, as are the other dishes on the menu — is a reasonable $12.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 21, 2010
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