Fake Italian Food

You used to see it in older movies a lot…loud, rambunctious Italian families around the dinner table. Glasses raised in greeting or forks twirling madly. Usually eating spaghetti. Spaghetti and meatballs.

Sorry if this is a letdown for you. But spaghetti and meatballs is not real Italian food. It’s good. And it’s considered Italian. But it’s fake Italian food. At least in all our years here we’ve never once been served this dish, nor seen it on restaurant menus. 

Italian-descent families in the USA seem to serve it often. But one can only assume that their cuisine has become somewhat Americanized.

It’s not the only fake Italian food, but perhaps the most common.

There are others that we’ve never seen in Italy. They get served in restaurants in other countries. But not in Italy! Dishes like Fettucine Alfredo, Garlic Bread, and Pasta with Chicken! To name only a few. And without even mentioning the really strange ones like Pineapple Pizza! Or Pepperoni Pizza, which you will find. But don’t order it, unless you want bell peppers on your pizza! If you like them or want to eat them, go ahead!

But don’t expect to find them in restaurants here. Or in people’s homes!

In any case, we had fake Italian food for lunch today. Spaghetti and Meatballs. And though not one of our favorite meals, we had ground beef to use up. And we’re sure you would have said, “Gnamm!” Which means Yum!

But we still prefer other dishes. Real Italian food, you know?

Did you think Spaghetti and Meatballs was ‘the’ typical Italian meal? What’s your favorite Italian meal?

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14 thoughts on “Fake Italian Food”

  1. You reminded me of the time when my friends came to visit and where really frustrated to find out there was no Hawaiian pizza or any pizza with pineapple on the menu…

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    1. Wow, I can imagine! But I do understand that they serve all sorts of strange pizzas around the world. So I guess they figure “Hey that’s Italian!” It is amazing the expectations people have. We had one woman tell us “Both the pizza and the cappuccino are better in America!” All I could think was, “Each to his own!” Thanks for reading & joining the conversation!

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  2. My husband lived in Naples for about 3 yrs when he was in the Navy and he often told me I have not lived until I ate authentic Italian food!! 🙂

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    1. Have to agree with him on that Patty! And especially if you get to eat it right on the beach, on a beautiful moonlit evening! It’s one of those (for us) simple pleasures of life. I know for folks overseas it seems exotic, but the sea is only 15 minutes from our house. It would be great if you could come and try it. But don’t dream so hard about it that you forget to look for and enjoy the special things all around you – because they are everywhere in God’s great world!

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      1. Amen – so true!! We just visited Penns Cave only an hour away – talk about God’s wonderful creation, only He can create such beauty. You are right many dream so much they miss the blessings God bestows on them. Blessings !

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  3. I remember on a tour when our party went in and got their pre-ordered tourist meal. A huge plate of pasta was placed before us. We ate and everyone exclaimed how delicious it was. We ate our fill. Then the second course came . . . and then the third. You get the picture! We rolled out of the restaurant. What a memory, those were great days. And today is even better! Blessings,

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      1. Great question, Ellie. And one I’ll have to get around to answering! But for now, I’d sum it up as simple, down-home cooking with few fresh ingredients and simply prepared. Few Italian dishes are really very elaborate. They leave that, it seems, to the French. Which is why Italian cooking (on the whole) is much healthier than French cuisine. And why it can be eaten on a more constant basis. 🙂

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