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What do you think of Italian food?

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Play this song on loop while you read this thread.

 

What do you think of good ol Italian food? I personally think it's pretty good, you know?

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The overpriced Italian food at the local store are pretty good, but I don't know if that's because they are overpriced or if they are Italian.

If by Italian food you mean cooking based on pasta, tomatoes, olive oil and basilic, it's not only good but the way to go.

 

And I don't know how to eat those pricey thingies:

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Italian food and some Giallo, that's a combo I've yet to try.

 

On a serious note, I love Italian food. But then again, I love all South-European food. North-European food is so lame... Protestantism ruined everything. "Boiled potato, bread, maybe a few veggies and some meat. That's a meal, baby!"

 

Rolling back to Italian food, what did Italian people eat before tomatoes were brought over from the Americas?

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I love Italian food. I'm known to make a decent pizza every now and then and tomorrow I'm going to make a nice spaghetti sauce.

 

...and Sinatra can play any day of the week.

 

 

arrivederci!

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Theres this really fuckin good place in one of the casinos (I live in Vegas) 
And I fuckin ate my self to sleep.

They give you big portions because its to promote sharing your food and shit but it just makes me want more.

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2 hours ago, AtticTelephone said:

 

What do you think of good ol Italian food? I personally think it's pretty good, you know?

My dad has had heavy influences over Italian culture and shit, so, it's expected that he'd share that influence with me, in other words, Italian food is my life.

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Australian born but Italian background and some influence

 

I love Italian food, home made is best. When my mum cooks some of her dishes... forrrget about it.

 

(lol this classic song is used in a older Aussie comedy Fat Pizza).

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Speaking of Italian-American musicians:

(I know it's a tenuous connection, but John Petrucci is God and this song kicks some serious, I mean SERIOUS ass)

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I'm biased because I'm like a quarter Italian and have the body hair and affinity for bread, cheese and garlic to prove it, but Italian cuisine is the best. 

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I don't know to what extent Italians would recognise risotto the way I make it as particularly authentic, but damn if it isn't just the right balance of "this involves enough time and effort that I can feel like I'm being a little bit fancy when I make it," and being the best kind of hearty, filling comfort food.

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It's pretty good.

 

Italians have an interesting way of doing pizza toppings - rather than hide them beneath the cheese, they put the cheese first and then the toppings. And they'll also use bigger chunks of topping in some cases, such as "full-size" ham slices rather than the standard pizza ham you normally see in stores. Evidence: I remember one holiday trip in Italy where my family went to this restaurant, and I ordered a pizza with ham. The ham was on top of a cheese "base" and there were 3 or 4 chunky slices of it.

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I've had lots of good experiences dining out in Italy. Generally pretty good value, good portions and quality, and the service isn't too slow (a lot faster than France, typically). I recall one time in Venice when the waiter spoke no English, but still jabbered at us non-stop, and we kind of understood and got roughly what we were happy with. Places with an antipasto buffet are good.

 

Note that there is a big difference between food served in Italy and what passes for "Italian food" in some other countries. It can be funny seeing tourists going to fancy restaurants in Italy and acting all outraged when they discover there is no pizza menu, as the waiter politely explains that they should go to the pizzeria if they want that, much like in other countries they might explain that if you want a sandwich you should go to the local Subway.

 

Actually, my main problem with eating out in Italy is similar to some other countries that are proud of their national cuisine: there are often few places that serve other types of food (Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.). One good thing about British people viewing their own nation's cuisine as shit is that there is a lot of choice when eating out (albeit not much besides Indian and Chinese until you get into the city centres).

 

In some Italian restaurants, you can find a little inflexibility with the menu. You're expected to choose a "first plate" and a "second plate". Try skipping one or asking for two second plates if you dare, but expect funny looks or a lack of comprehension. One hotel I stayed at in the alps asked you to choose breakfast items the night before, especially if you wanted exotic items like cold milk.

 

Oh yeah, that brings me to coffee. Italians take coffee seriously, and are pretty good at it, but if you want anything non-standard (for them), expect problems. If you want an Americano with milk (i.e., what a lot of people from other countries would just call "coffee"), you have to wait until they have made the Americano before saying anything about milk. Otherwise they'll want to make a macchiato or some such nonsense. And if you ask for a latte you'll get a cup of milk (logically, since that's what the word means). Also, the idea of coffee as a refreshment seems absent. I recall at the bottom of the world cup ski run at La Villa (a pretty long tough run for most skiers, even if Bode Miller's record was under 2 minutes), there is a bit of a walk to get to the lift. There was a little coffee shack near the end of this walk. Naturally it did a roaring trade, but a lot of people were very disappointed that the only type of coffee they served was the traditional "tiny thimble of very strong coffee".

 

Regarding pizza, in Italy you'll tend to find a lot of places cook them the traditional way in a big brick oven. So even if the word "pizza" makes you think of microwaved cardboard, do try a real pizza if you are in Italy. Just be sure to go to a pizzeria rather than a ristorante...

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I like it. Pizza, lasagna, various pasta dishes, stuff like parmesan, and a strong presence of tomatoes and bell peppers. I suppose I haven't had them the authentic way, and I know Italian culture takes food and cooking VERY seriously (but hey, shouldn't we all), still I find myself enjoying it a lot.

I know that Italian-American cuisine has some distinctions to it from regular Italian cuisine.

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I’ve always enjoyed it. One of my go-to meals is cooking pasta and sauce from a local Italian deli. The pasta has to be kept frozen and the sauce frozen or refrigerated so it’s “fresh” without any effort. It can otherwise be treated like the simple act of boiling pasta and heating up sauce but it’s locally made in NYC and isn’t just shelf stable grocery store stuff. The pasta takes like 2-3 minutes max to cook from the water boiling to it being poured in still frozen.

 

I also don’t like cheese or dairy and so my favorite pizza is Neapolitan marina pizza which is the original style of pizza anyway. I made it once and it turned out pretty well.

 

I was only in Italy once and only in Naples to catch a ferry to Sorrento but I wish I had spent a bit more time in Naples. It’s always panned for being shady but I don’t how much of that’s a sheltered suburban tourist take. It would be cool to visit some local bespoke tailor.

 

Also, Negronis are a great if food includes pre-dinner cocktails. And so is espresso.

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