I already wrote about food that many Americans believe is German but really isn’t (like German chocolate cake). When Marco read that post he said I need to tell you guys about some food that people think is Italian, but that Italians have never heard of. The foods below might not all have “Italian” in the name, but many Americans believe they are Italian nonetheless. Most Italian food I have had here in the US is really American-Italian food. And some of it is really good 🙂 Anyways, the best example of a supposedly Italian food? Alfredo sauce. I know that people here in the US love it and I really think it’s not bad, but Italian it is not. Sorry! They don’t even have it over there.
Another one? How about lasagna. Well, of course they have lasagna in Italy. However, it does not contain Ricotta cheese. Italian lasagna is made with Béchamel sauce instead. And it’s delicious!
Italian dressing? Nope, not from Italy. Most Italians eat their salad with olive oil, vinegar, and salt.
Spaghetti and meatballs? No. There are spaghetti and there are meatballs, but they are not combined into one dish in Italy.
Yes, Parmesan is Italian. But don’t ask them to add it on your salad in Italy. A friend of ours asked for it when travelling through Italy and the waiter flat out refused 🙂
I’m sure there are more supposedly Italian dishes, but right now I can’t think of them. Can you? Share it with me in the comment section!
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