This is a brief chapter that will clarify some typical mistakes and misinterpretations of Italian cuisine all around the world.
– We’re skipping the famous Pasta Alfredo as we covered it previously.
– The Italian soda is definitely something that has been made up in the States.
– The American “Italian dressing” is another myth to bust. The original Italian dressing is simply extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. You’ll find all of these ingredients on the tables of every Italian restaurant, so that anybody can make his/her own dressing.
– In Italy peperoni (yes, with one ‘p’) means peppers, while salame piccante means pepperoni.
– Italians do not use lots of garlic (especially garlic powder on the pizza) as is commonly thought in the USA. Italians do use garlic alright, but in reasonable proportions.
– Last but not least: you won’t find macaroni and cheese anywhere in Italy. What you’ll find is maccheroni which is one of the hundreds of types of (short) pasta.