Italian food is enjoyed all over the world, however somehow along the way certain “Italian” dishes have been Americanized into dishes that Italian’s would find completely schifo!
Here’s a list of 7 so-called “Italian foods” that actually don’t exist in Italy.
1. Garlic Bread
This is an Americanized version of the Italian bruschetta. Instead of large chunks of garlic on a piece of butter-soaked bread, bruschetta is often a crunchy bread sometimes rubbed with a clove of garlic and topped with oil, tomato and oregano.
2. Italian Salad Dressing
What is this stuff even made of? The real Italian salad dressing is simply oil, vinegar and salt. Yes, sometimes less is more.
3. Pepperoni Pizza
If you ask for a pepperoni pizza in Italy you will get a pizza topped with sweet pepper. Avoid the issue and just get salami on your pizza, it’s tastier anyway.
4. Alfredo Sauce
Italian’s have no idea what this is. Therefore this dish is not Nonna approved.
5. Chicken or Veal Parmesan
One of the best filling comfort foods for Americans, yet in Italy, they wouldn’t dare to cook such a dish.
Baloney is the extremely mangia cake version of mortadella. I know it may be a staple in kid’s school lunches but it definitely didn’t come from Italy.
7. Italian Wedding Soup
This soup is actually from Spain, not Italy and would most likely be an embarrassment if it was served at any wedding.
Can you think of any other Americanized Italian foods? Leave your comments below!
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