i've had tripe in tomato sauce topped witb grated locatelli cheese (aka trippa alla romana), or tripe parm which is similar but topped with parm and mozzarella cheeses.
i can see how tripe can be cooked for a long time in a broth to tenderize it as is done with the tomato sauce versions, but then noodles and other stuff being added laterto round it out into a soup.
btw, there's different types of tripe. honeycomb and rumen. i think the one you had was rumen.
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