Cavoli riscaldati is an Italian word which literally translates as “reheated cabbage”, and is used to describe an attempt to revive a long-finished love affair.
It is trying to restart a failed relationship — similar to reheated cabbage because the result of such culinary effort is undoubtedly messy and distasteful, and completely unworkable.
“It was a question I had worn on my lips for days - like a loose thread on my favourite sweater I couldn’t resist pulling - despite knowing it could all unravel around me.
“Do you love me?" I ask.
In your hesitation I found my answer.”
― Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure