Why should we deny it? Italian food and cooking tradition is one of the most famous and appreciated worldwide.
You can find Italian restaurants and Italian cooks almost anywhere out of Italy but….I really must say it!!! Most of them have really a little (sometimes nothing) to do with Italian genuine cooking.
I’m not saying you’ll eat despicable food there! It can also be nice, but IT’S NOT ITALIAN! It’s a kind of fusion food created by emigrants, and it’s very interesting. Right in this food you’ll notice the paths of the evolution of our emigrants, and their adaptation to a new culture.
Many Italians abroad have been living out of Italy so long that they have adapted their cooking style to local habits and ingredients. Many others profess them as authentic Italians…. mate, I don’t really care if your grandfather’s arrived in New York from Italy with his family in 1920 after the war. You’ve never lived in Italy. You have an Italian surname, you’ve visited Little Italy in your Country and maybe – if you’ve had the possibility – you’ve even spent a couple of holidays in the region of your ancesters! Yes…you inherited the handwritten recipe book of your grandma that you keep as a relic. God bless it! But I’m almost sure that it contains dishes that in Italy you wouldn’t find or that you could find, but with different ingredients. Your granny emigrated when she was 7 years old…
Many times, Italian restaurants and Italian cooks sell people load of commonplaces that become the idea of Italian food abroad. Italians of Italy would observe this same food with great irony, because these recipes don’t belong to us.
I’m Italian, I love cooking and I live in Italy. My aim is not to change the cooking habit of Italian restaurants abroad. I’d like to give you the opportunity to cook according to real italian recipes and to understand many false commonplaces regarding Italian cooking and Italians.
In this way you will also understand because Italians (living in Italy) avoid Italian food abroad.
I don’t want to be opinionated, because I’sure it’s the same for any country. I guess you can’t find real Indian food outside India, English food outside England, and so on… but yes! Some of our traditional recipes get mistreated and tortured, and I want to show you how.
When at least one person will cook his own Amatriciana with the Italian original recipe and will tell me that it’s much better than the one he had in the Italian restaurant of his town…WOW! I’ll really feel rewarded!
You can contact me for any request or comment about recipes, if you need a suggestion, or if you want to know something about a recipe you want to cook.
I’ll be sincere and direct! I won’t sugarcoat the situation! Sometimes I’ll be irriverent but I’m sure you’ll lough with me at my ironic or sarcastic posts.
Moreover, I hope you’ll pardon me if I do any mistake. I’m Italian and I’ve studied English as a foreign language. I apologize in advance for my bad writing.
I’ll post some recipes, commenting the main mistakes that get done abroad. Sometimes I’ll just post some commonplaces that shouldn’t exist. I’ll also show you what in supermarkets is sold as Italian but it really isn’t!!!!!
I really hope we’ll become good friends and that you’ll give me some interesting ideas to follow this path together!