10 Types of FOODS you NEVER serve to an ITALIAN in Italian Restaurants

You know what I hate? When Restaurants AROUND THE WORLD try to change the REAL DEAL. The world is made up of hundreds of cultures and with them come all different types of food. AUTHENTIC FOOD. So why try and change the flavours and call it the same thing? It’s not! Its FAKE! Check out my top ten worst FOOD NIGHTMARES. If you see any of these on an ITALIAN menu ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. Because it’s probably NOT Italian. Top 10 foods not to serve to an italian.

Italian Food in top of the list as best cuisine in the world: http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/eat/worlds-best-food-cultures-453528/

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  1. Hello,

    I found your video hysterical! Quite amusing. And I have to agree with you on much of what you said but if you could allow me some time, and any other Italians who happen to read this post.

    First of all, I’m an American who is of German, Japanese, English, and Swedish ancestry. The English and German goes back before the foundation of the USA. My Swedish-German came to this country after the US’s Civil War (1861-1865) and more German and the Japanese came to the US after WWII. I have no Italian ancestors nor claim to your culture or its food. I just appreciate real Italian food. I highly prefer real Italian food over American-Italian food in fact. I even worked for a time when I was young in an American-Italian restaurant and was completely repulsed by the vast majority of our menu.

    I was first clued in by a friend who is Italian as to how different real Italian food is from the food most of us are served outside Italy. This friend doesn’t care if it’s American-Italian, English-Italian, German-Italian, Japanese-Italian, etc. He refuses to eat it and it quite offended by it. It doesn’t matter where we are traveling, if we aren’t in Italy then ‘Italian’ is not an option for dining out. The offense I don’t quite understand but I can accept not wanting to eat it because of the palate. I would like to offer many people an explanation as to why the Italian dishes have radically changed so much outside of Italy.

    First off, real Italian cuisine was based on ‘la misera,’ or poverty. That is why it is beautifully simple and seasonal. But it was poverty that caused many of these Italians to leave Italy and immigrate to other countries. Countries that would lack the very basic ingredients that Italians would consider indispensable. So these immigrants had to substitute many things with other things. For example: since certain cheeses were unavailable they’d use cheeses that were available and furthermore, more cheese all together. Since pancetta wasn’t available until more recent years they’d use bacon or ham instead. And as they began their second and third generations who never had been to Italy, these second and third generation Italians grew up only knowing the cuisine in front of them. This was their Italian food. And they shared it with their children who shared it with their children and so on.

    Another reason that majorly contributed to the mutation of non-native Italian food was the nature of the work of Italian immigrants. Here in the US the various immigrants from all over the world found work and it was heavy labor. People worked very hard for longer hours than we do today. That is why American-Italian food is very heavy and hearty. The people needed the calories and sustenance to work those long hours doing strenuous work.

    Lastly, when one owns a restaurant one must think of one’s patrons. If one want to succeed one will have to rearrange one’s food to meet the tastes of the clientele. If one is faced with the prospect of change or starvation, I think we all can agree that one will choose change by logic! And that’s what ‘Italian’ restaurant owners did to survive. They changed to meet the tastes of their American, English, German, French, etc. clientele and patrons.

    All food changes when it leaves its homeland. A great example I can think of from living abroad in Japan was a Japanese-Chinese dish called ‘mabodofu.’ It comes from the Chinese dish called ‘mapotofu.’ Both dishes include ground pork or beef or eggplants with tofu-bean curd that is all simmered in a thick sauce. The original Chinese dish has a chicken stock base, uses a spicy chili paste as a base for its sauce and has Szechuan peppercorns in the sauce (very spicy), and the dish is very oily. Japanese food tends to be very simple, like real Italian food. Japanese food lacks spicy foods and oily foods. So the Chinese restaurant owners in Japan were faced with changing this dish in order to make it appealing to the Japanese audience. Japanese mabodofu uses much less oil; instead of chicken stock it uses fish or seaweed stock because the Japanese palate is far more accustomed to those than chicken stock; the chili paste is cut with sweet bean paste and this makes the dish significantly less spicy and less salty in taste; and lastly the Szechuan peppercorns are completely omitted because most Japanese people would find them too spicy and unpleasant.

    There are many real Chinese, Japanese, and Swedish dishes I know and love. But I promise you that many people wouldn’t eat the dish by looks alone or because of certain ingredients in the food that wouldn’t appeal to them because of their individual or native palates. It is simply a fact of life. I’m trying to educate my friends and family on real Italian food. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I’m not.

    I am highly an advocate of real Italian cuisine and will probably not eat American-Italian food ever again. I hope you judge me kindly on that and for this article. I hope this was informative and enlightening and may invoke some empathy from any native Italians who are upset about ‘Italian’ food in other nations. Even just some understanding. Comprehension, empathy and understanding are much more constructive than disgust and criticism 🙂

    If you made it to the end of this I thank you for your time.

    Keep being beautiful, Italy. With love from across the Atlantic!

  2. Mac and cheese (more properly, macaroni au bechemel) is distinctly American, it was quite common by the early 19c. Why does anyone think this is Italian dish?

  3. The reason for these changes, like chicken in pasta, is because culinary science has changed. The tools have changed. To the extent that it’s an American innovation to coat chicken with breading as a way to seal in juices, it explains why Chicken Parm is so popular, even if it isn’t authentic from Italy. When made with a good Parmesan cheese in the breading, you get the rich flavor, which is why it’s called Parmesan, even if it’s not from Parma. Fettuccine Alfredo is a variation of the Fettuccine a la Romano, where the fat and the cream are stabilized using starches. It doesn’t taste anywhere as good as Fettuccine a la Romano, but if you don’t want leftovers that come out of the fridge like pasta with grease, or you don’t want to be rushing to mix everything while the pasta is hot enough to “cook” the sauce, then the innovation is serving a purpose. As for a meat-lover pizza, you can find a pizza with Prosciutto easily enough in Italy. You can find a pizza with Soppressata (even if it’s not true Neopolitan pizza). So what’s wrong with the “meat lover” pizza. It’s not the concept — it’s that American pepperoni is adapted from the salsiccia Napoletana piccante with more preservatives to accommodate the economics of American food distribution. It is eaten with bread in Italy? Sure. Is it be eaten with cheese and bread? Yes. It is eaten with cheese and bread and tomatoes? Absolutely. So when you are used to having these separate flavors combine in your mouth where you can taste all of them seperately, it’s a little “disgusting” to have them combined in the cooking process and have it taste like someone has already chewed your food. But the roots are still clearly Italian.

  4. I don’t understand. Why? Why are these recipes so wrong? Put one ingredient, with another ingredient, and if it tastes good, then eat it. Why not?
    You said mac and cheese is wrong. Mac and cheese is the simplest thing ever! Macaroni – and – cheese! You can’t get more simple than that! Why is it so wrong! I see in the video you had some pasta with shrimps on top. Why? Why is pasta and shrimp okay, but pasta and cheese a crime against Italy!?

  5. Cream cheese rangoons are not authentic chinese. Ya know why i dont care? Cuz its fuckin delicious. Putting pineapple or pepperoni on pizza might make it non authentic but it makes it BETTER. Its called progress, just like cars, planes and the internet. Just cuz its the old way doesnt make it better, usually it makes it worse actually. I agree tho, you shouldnt say its authentic if it isnt

  6. Mac and cheese the way Americans eat it is an American dish. The ingredients change from region to region throughout the U.S.. It is a poor man’s comfort food here, some versions are really good, others not so much.probably no one in America would think Mac and cheese would be anywhere on an Italian menu except on the kiddie menu where you would find chicken nuggets or a hamburger, sorry that offends you dude but it is what it is and that isn’t a slight to the italians

  7. I love your video. I totally agree with you. We have some traditions similar here in North Africa. I hate people messing with traditional recipes and calling it “REVISITED” Thank you. Love from Algiers, Algeria

  8. Camon the worst Italian restaurants you find in Italy….

    You just go around centre of Rome or Venice….Venice the worst plaCD to eat in the world

    And is not about the Italians around the world. Start from Italy the rubbish that is being served in Italy by the Indian run Italian restaurants. The Chinese etc.

    Same example goes to Spain…. Barcelona 80% of tapaz are run by the Chinese what the fuck they know about tapaz.

    So. If it is so important to you. make sure you preserve first in Italy because if there’s a place I try not to eat is in Italy unless a good Italian friend that know me and my knowledge for food will take me there….just like sometimes that just give up and we eat at home….mammas food

  9. I’d never serve ‘italian’ to an Italian. I’m sure they could do a better Italian food than I can. I do love my lasagna recipe (must have carrots in the ragu) that I picked up on a visit to Italy though and I do make my own homemade pizza. I’d rather cook something English and help dispel the myth than English food is boring and bland. The trouble is, people will always try and fail to copy other cultures favourite foods.
    A good video, but I wish the presenter acted a bit more mature. His childlike whining was somewhat irritating.

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