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Italian Cuisines: The Truth behind the Dish


Italian cuisines are commonly known and widely regarded as delicious staples for the country. However, through common media, some Italian cuisines are thought to be from Italy, but are not actually from the country. Some dishes may have components that originate in Italy, but the dish itself is not well known or served in Italy. So which of your favorite Italian cuisines are a bit of a lie?

  • Spaghetti with Meatballs- While this dish is thought to be one of the most Italian dishes out there, you will not find it served in Italy. While there is a commonly found sauce that includes meatballs, it is not served along spaghetti.
  • Spaghetti Bolognese- Similar to the scenario with meatballs, a Bolognese sauce is not served with spaghetti noodles. This sauce is typically served with cappelletti or pappardelle.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo- While the world may consider an Alfredo sauce a staple of Italian cuisine; it really has no major place in Italian culture. There is a story about the dish being created by a restaurateur in Rome; however, fettuccine alfredo is only really served in Italy in the case of stomach pain.
  • Pepperoni Pizza- In Italy, they do not have a word specifically for pepperoni. If you ask for a pepperoni pizza, you will most likely receive a pie with peppers on top because our English word for pepperoni is so similar to the Italian word for peppers.
  • Marinara Sauce- What we consider marinara sauce in the United States is really considered a basic and unseasoned sauce for cooking in Italy. Their only version of marinara is a Pizza Marinara that only includes tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, and garlic.



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