Italian cuisine

The Truth: Crimes Against Italian Food

Given the healthy eating trend, this hardly sounds like a new…
He added whole grains to the crust and didn’t add basil to the margheritas at his new restaurant in Milan.

What’s the problem ?
Maybe in the UK it wouldn’t ruffle many feathers, but for the Italians it was sacrilege. People were furious, taking to social media to express their outrage. Pizza doesn’t have to be wasted…as Cracco discovered.

Yeah. Did he survive?
He did. It’s not the first time the chef has courted controversy with his recipes. A few years ago, he pissed off the good folks at Amatrice when he confessed on a TV show to using garlic in his amatriciana sauce. A big no-no. He was denounced and ridiculed, which could have served as a lesson to him. The chef used to hold two Michelin stars at his restaurant Ristorante Cracco, but lost one this year – a downgrade some say is due to his laissez-faire attitude to Italian tradition.

It’s embarassing.
Yes, and critics were quick to remind him. “After tasting his ‘pizza’, they should strip him not only of his other Michelin stars, but also of his Italian citizenship and driver’s license,” an outraged Italian wrote on the ‘Italians Mad at Food’ Twitter page.

There’s a whole page for food-crazed Italians?
Sure. Italians are passionate about their cuisine, and there’s a long list of crimes and missteps that most Brits wouldn’t be aware of.

Like?
Let’s start with breakfast. This is the only time anyone should drink a cappuccino, and it is not uncommon for waiters in bars and cafes across Italy to refuse to serve customers who ask for one at any other time.

*hides a cappuccino in the middle of the afternoon* Only an animal would do that… What else?
Spaghetti and meatballs. It looks Italian and can be found in Italian restaurants across the country, but the creation was invented by Americans. In Italy, meatballs are served with sauce and would certainly not be served with spaghetti. “”Except in a particular region of the south [of Italy], where they put very small meatballs in their tomato sauce, we will never put meatballs in pasta,” Giacomo Silvestris, COO for CAI Italian Foods in New York told the Guardian. “Who ever heard of spaghetti balls?!”

Always good to have it with bolognese, right?
Absolutely not. Bolognese stew is only served with flat pasta like tagliatelle or fettuccine, and it should never be made with garlic.

Nothing else?
Fettucine alfredo, another anglicized Italian classic. The dish does not exist in Italy, and the closest thing to it is a pasta dish with butter and parmesan cheese, which Italians can eat at home but never in restaurants. It is sometimes called ‘pasta del cornuto’, which means ‘cuckold pasta’. In a nutshell, if your wife gives you fettuccine alfredo, it means she’s probably cheating on you.

To the right. No meatballs, watch out for the alfredo, no cappuccinos…
No poultry with pasta, no oil in your pasta water, no cheese with seafood, no topping sauce on pasta, no porcini mushrooms with spaghetti… You write it down?

I would run out of ink.
The moral of the story is don’t mess with the Italian classics – hell don’t have a “fiori” like an Italian being served a cream carbonara.