Some research showed that the word "zuppa" in Italian cuisine refers to both sweet and savory dishes. It comes from the verb "inzuppare" which means "to dunk". As the sponge cake or Lady fingers are dipped in liqueur the dish is called Zuppa. Similarly, thick fish, bean with vegetable stews and fish or shellfish stews are properly described as "zuppa di verdure" or "zuppa di pesce". These savory dishes are served on toasted bread and eaten with knife and fork.