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Posted: 05/09/18 02:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bumpyroad wrote:

yes, I have had some good steaks in Italy. (and the Italian section of Switzerland) but have also had to be somewhat selective in the restaurant chosen.
I have had some that obviously didn't finish in the money in the KY derby. [emoticon]
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Yeah, I know, why go to a nice chop house when the local Chinese place does beef & brocoli. [emoticon]

Exaggerated a bit but same principal. If you want a really good steak in the USA, you don't go to a place where steak isn't their thing. You may find the stray mom & pop place that does an awesome steak but that's the exception rather than the rule.

Same thing in Italy except you will tend to find, they are more traditional in that they typically won't serve food inconsistent with their restaurant type.


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toedtoes wrote:


Isn't that the truth anywhere you go? Randomly pick a dozen restaurants in a U.S. city and you will have some good/great meals and some that were less than appetizing.


Much less common in Italy to have a bad meal.

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Ralph Cramden wrote:

This thread is bogus......True Italian food exists.......I have had it.

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Ha Ha!, This reminded me of a lunch with at that time future Mother inlaw 50 yrs ago. My husbands favorite at the time. I gag at the smell of it. I have been raised with homemade pasta and raviolis etc. that I now make for my family. Have converted both of them to real Italian.
When you think about it, Italian, Mexican, Chinese they all have
basic 5-6 ingredients, at least the American version. Someday, I hope to get to Italy.


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Ralph Cramden wrote:

This thread is bogus......True Italian food exists.......I have had it.

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Ahhhhh yes the insult I flung at my kiddos when they were driving me crazee......oops[emoticon].
So nice to see you are all still wandering around acting like cheerful maniacs[emoticon]ool:.

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So nice to see you are all still wandering around acting like cheerful maniacs[emoticon]ool:.

Good to see you NYCgrrl. Yep the forum has been quiet lately probably everybody is FBing. I don't like FB. I like the more involved conversations here.


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magnusfide wrote:

Italian food doesn't really exist at least not as a unified category..


OK. What is American food? Does it really exist? Or is it just a bunch of borrowed ideas?


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toedtoes wrote:

What they are really saying is that what the average non-traveler thinks makes up "Italian cuisine" is nothing like the real thing.

Same thing with most other ethnic cuisines. The average Chinese restaurant is no where near to the real thing. The average Mexican restaurant is no where near to the real thing. Not only are there many variations on a dish, but there are a multitude of dishes not see in the average restaurant outside of that country.


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When I was stationed in the UK in 67-68-69, we used to go to Italy for a month at a time. I used to get a 8 inch pizza, bottle of vino, and a heaping plate of spagetti and meatballs for $1.00. Never had a bad meal. Great food

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Thank yous to Toedtoes and Punomatic who actually read the article instead of snarking sight unseen. I like the fact that the article tried to educate people on the variety of cuisine found in the nation of Italy. It's informative for those who actually read it.

Italy does have great food but it's a lot more than red sauce, meat sauce and pasta. I've had some outstanding antipasto in little cafes that make their own cured meats. I've also had some fantastic cod dishes in the northern part of Italy.

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Don't try to tell anyone from Italy that nonsense.

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