Who doesn’t love Italian food? I know i do. However, some of these Italian foods have a much more Americanized background, and for many Italians they aren’t even true Italian dishes. Here are the foods we Italians love and accept that Italians don’t even want to eat.
Yes it is fake. It’s not real Italians don’t like “Italian Dressing”. The dressing as we know it is full of spices, herbs, vinegar, oil, sugar and more. Italians don’t usually dress their greens and when they do, they use little more than a dash of olive oil.
Pepperoni is not a pizza staple in Italy, while here in America some people have literally never eaten anything other than pepperoni pizza. You can̵
Meat (and more) less pizza
And with the pepperoni mistaken for pepper pizza, another notable difference is that Italians don’t actually eat meat on their pizza either. There may be some very thinly sliced ham or a lean Tuscan sausage. There’s also less cheese, sauce, and crust than traditional American pizza, which makes everything all around easier and healthier, and exactly the opposite of how we enjoy it.
I’m sure you’re starting to see a pattern here, but that’s not Italian either. Sauces full of cream and cheese that are slurried over pasta or used as a dip for bread are not only very heavy, but also not even a bit Italian.
This works twice for these fried cheese-filled sticks. They are delicious, yes. Italian? For all of the reasons, these other dishes aren’t either.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Yes, it is true. Spaghetti and meatballs are not Italian food, according to authentic Italians. For us Americans, the food in an Italian restaurant should be a lot of pasta coated in sauce and filled with parmesan. However, this is just not real Italian food. Meatballs are served alone and as a starter in Italy, and pasta is rarely paired with meat as a meal.
Like spaghetti and meatballs, this dish is not Italian. It’s the ultimate in comfort food, and it has great flavors, but it’s not authentic. Sorry folks, but that’s just the truth. The best comparison to this dish would be baked eggplant with parmesan, and make sure they use a lot less cheese than an American would cook this dish, especially if the American is also from Wisconsin.
Italian wedding soup
Yes, it’s in the name, but not in the end product. Yes, the food consists of pasta and sausage, both staples in Italian cuisine. But that’s about all it has in common with Italy, beyond the name. You won’t find it on any menu in Italy, and like the other products we enjoy “from there”, the high amount of salt and carbohydrates makes it less than Italian but screams American.
Whether you call them sub sandwiches, hoagies, or Italian subs, none of them are truly Italian. Our version of “their” sandwiches is rich in cheese, meat, thick bread and lots of extra spices, which makes them very American.
Garlic bread is one of those foods that can be eaten with any meal, don’t you agree? Eggs over garlic toast for breakfast, a crispy garlic bread with salad for lunch and a soft, warm bun with garlic butter for dinner, who can resist that? It turns out Italians can. According to them, it’s not Italian at all. The closest dish to this is bruschetta, a very thin toast made with a pile of fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Hearts break everywhere with this, but it’s true. Our precious marinara sauce isn’t even authentically Italian. The traditional Italian red sauce focuses on the tomatoes themselves, with some herbs and olive oil. This results in a lighter dish with a finer flavor.
To be as authentic as possible, order pasta ‘al pomodoro’ or spaghetti ‘alla puttanesca’. From all of this, not even Italian dressing is really Italian? I think there was no better time to spread the bad news than 2020. Sorry.
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