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Meaning & History
The root papa comes from the Greek language, whose Italian translation is literally "priest", but during centuries this was also a term of respect, and this is due to the active influence of Greek and Byzantine culture in southern Italy and specifically in Naples. It may also derive from the name of the town Papaccio not so far from Naples, or from the term "Papaccella". This is a vegetable similar to the green peperoni that has been always eaten after that it has been put under olive oil and vinegar.