I had thought about your comments and expressions of the Judges; and perhaps, due to the recipe I had across last night in an old Italian Book of my Grandmom´s; the Tuscans during the Inquisition prepared the broth with a Ham Hock ...
Thus, if it was prepared during the Inquisition with a Ham Hock, then, the Cooks, may have prepared it with too much salt by placing a garnish of Proscuitto di Parma possibly ... Or why the negative expressions ?
It was also prepared without the ham hock during Lent ...
I do have a Ham Hock traditional recipe for it, and if you wish, I shall translate the Italian into English over the wkend. and post it for you.
Have nice wkend.