This recipe dates from the Renaissance. The kiln workers who made the tiles for Santa
Maria del Fiore, the cathedral in Florence (the Duomo), allegedly made it.
The rest of the story is that Filippo Brunelleschi, in order to get more work done, had the dish sent up to the workers instead of allowing them to come down for lunch. It wasn't long before the workers realized that they were losing their lunch break and a chance to meet friends, play cards, and relax. The first strike in Florence resulted!
The pepper in the stew requires lots of wine to be drunk. Here's to happy workers...and cooks!