AMATRICIANA: commonplaces and big mistakes

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You hear horrific things about Amatriciana around! Would you change what’s already perfect? Would you put a hat and a scarf to the Monnalisa? So don’t go to the restaurant and feel satisfied with ordering a fake amatriciana!

First thing…Never, I say NEVER!!! put garlic in the Amatriciana! are you thinking about putting some onion? NO! You can’t! Putting garlic or onion or anything else can be considered a real crime!
No butter, no milk! Would you like to add some…..????? NOOOOO!
Nothing more than the ingredients I wrote! They are the official ingredients of the original recipe!
I can be tolerant about using a different pasta shape, but DON’T use egg pasta, use only durum wheat pasta.

I can also understand that jawl is difficoult to find. In this extreme case you can use bacon.

I know a so-called chef, he’s Italian, but he moved to USA when he was 7 and he puts garlic in his sauce. He manages restaurants and do cooking classes, but for some strange reasons he uses ingredients that shouldn’t even come into an Italian person’s mind.


Considering he comes from the area of the original recipe I may say that his ruining amatriciana is a kind of blasphemy!

i thougHt that Mario Batali would have been loyal to the original recipe, but he adds some onion to the sauce…

I’m also sure that in foreign supermarkets we can find funny versions of this sauce! I’all look for them and check their characteristics with you my friends! I’ll comment with you the ingredients.

Note: Obviously my posts haven’t any intention of offending anybody or of criticizing the goodness, quality and tastes of any dish or recipe. What I write is just a personal consideration concerning the adherence of recipes to the Italian ones, considering local habits, usages and traditions. The mood of the blog can be ironic and sometimes sarcastic, but with no aim of disappointing anybody. If somebody feels offended or struck by my words, please don’t. Moreover feel free to write me and explain your point of view (public channels like this blog are best welcome). It would be a pleasure for me. My intention is a constructive and sincere exchange of opinions.

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