Category Archives: Italian Food

The April Fools’ Spaghetti Hoax [Video]

April Fools’ Day in Italy is called Pesce d’Aprile, or April Fool Fish. It literally translates as April’s Fish, and stems from a school children’s custom of sticking a paper fish on the back of a school mate. As he or she is the only one who doesn’t know about the fish, that person then becomes the April Fish, or fool.  Continue reading The April Fools’ Spaghetti Hoax [Video]

Italy’s Snail-Loving Village

Though often thought of as a French dish, Italians equally love their lumache! And our village is no exception! In our area of Abruzzo, it’s known as the snail-loving village!

A lover of snails himself, my husband fits in well with these villagers. Who, in this area are known as the sciumacchini or ‘snail eaters’! In fact, he looks forward to our town’s snail festivals, those few times a year when he gets to eat his fill of them.  Continue reading Italy’s Snail-Loving Village

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.  Continue reading Fake Italian Food