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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Posted by Sheila Scorziello

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for showing God's love in practical ways, honoring God by caring for his creation, and helping others taste and see that the Lord is good!

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