When I asked readers on our Facebook fan page to name a few Italian food fallacies I was expecting a response but I was, frankly, overwhelmed with the feedback to our simple question. That is to say, while I’ve experienced many of the overt food fallacies found in Italian American cooking (both in professional and home kitchens) there were some items I couldn’t have imagined.
Italy has, of course, a well respected cuisine but it has also, like the cuisine found in China and Mexico, suffered from native populations moving to new countries, globalization, and a media driven society not concerned with facts or preserving cultural norms. Italian cuisine cannot live in a bubble so changes in some dishes are inevitable, but it’s my view that protecting the methods and ingredients behind regional Italian food is not only vital to eating well but also preserving Italian culture.
Here are our 10 Top Italian American Food Fallacies in no particular order (please add your own via the comment section and feel free to disagree):