13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Real Italian Food
Americans are smitten with Italian food. Without pizza, fettuccini Alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs, and a long list of other classic Italian-American favorites, a large percentage of kids and teenagers, and — let’s be honest — adults would have little to eat.
Yet, ask an Italian expat about any of these dishes and you will get a blank stare of incomprehension. The truth is, none of these dishes are authentic Italian or eaten in Italy. Meatballs and other meat are served as a separate course, not with pasta. And pastas drowning in sauce are also unheard of; a small amount of sauce that gently coats the pasta is the norm. We've rounded up 13 facts about authentic Italian cuisine, and what you don’t know will surprise and delight you.