To discover the artifices of the magician was an canning young woman, Jovannella Canzio
, who as soon as he discovered the nature of those magic, she took the opportunity to show off his knowledge in the presence of the king.
"Do you want to tell to the palace cook that I know such a new and exquisite dish that deserves the taste of the king?"
The new was reported to the king, who gave orders to invite the wife of the dishwasher to the palace to taste this new recipe. Jovannella made a mixture of flour, water, salt and eggs, and she worked out the dough for a long time until it was thin, then she cut it into strips and rolled them into small cylinders. Moreover, she also let them dry off with the sunlight. A part, in a saucepan she put the onion, meat and sauce which she let cook over a low heat.
At lunchtime, Jovannella boiled the cannelli and once they were cooked, she strained them and seasoned with sauce and a spoon of cheese.
Here it comes the famous recipe served to the King Federico di Svevia. The clever woman said that she was thought on how to make that recipe by an angel, step by step, in order to explain how she learned to cook such a good meal. The term maccaroni comes from macarus, which is a divine food. The king wanted his cook to learn that recipe and later on he gave her one hundred gold coins.
In a short time, the whole Neapolitan inhabitants ate the maccaroni, while Chico was desperate for the betrayal received, he decided to leave the city without ever coming back. The Justice never arrived for Chico the magician, but a legend tells us that sometimes, on Saturday night, in the house of the Cortellari the magician returns to cut his macaroni, while Jovannella stir the tomato sauce with a ladle and an evil spirit blows under the pot to fuel the fire.
we cannot say whether this discovery is diabolic or angelic, but it is certain that it made the happiness of the Neapolitans and became one of the emblems of Italy.