Chefs List Italian Dishes You Won't Find

Italian cuisine for Americans? Cheese-and-pasta comfort food comes to mind. While those cosy pasta-centric meals are among of our favourites, the cuisine you'll eat in a real Italian restaurant or in Italy is different.

Chicken Parmesan

This cheesy, meaty entrée kept appearing. Susi said the vegetarian meal originated in Italy. "Eggplant Parmigiana exists. Melanzane, or eggplant Parmigiana, is a popular Italian dish..

This meal isn't served in Florence or Rome. Anthony Scotto, chef and proprietor of Luogo in Nashville and Fresco by Scotto in NYC, said, "Veal is frequently sautéed or breaded in Italy. Italy seldom serves veal Parmigiana. ."

Veal parmigiana


Clams Casino

Susi claims this meal of clams broiled with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and seasonings is popular but not Italian. "I like clams casino. That's a classic Italian American cuisine "he said.

Susi says another favourite, Chicken Marsala, developed from the old country. Someone tried to make their local food. Susi suggests chicken marsala. "Italian immigrants opened eateries in the 1950s and 1960s.

Chicken Marsala

Meatball Spaghetti

Chad Huff, senior chef at Marisi Italiano in California, notes that while you may have grown up eating this full meal, our Italian friends did not. "Italy serves Spaghetti al Pomodoro and Polpette, not spaghetti and meatballs. U.S."

Chef Enzo Algarme, a Naples native and co-owner of Pupatella, a certified Neapolitan pizzeria in DC, does not like pineapple or buffalo chicken on pizza.

Pineapple or Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Enormous servings of pasta and red sauce

Sean Ferraro, owner and chef of Madison Avenue Pizza in Florida, says you won't find the huge spaghetti dishes in your favourite checkered tablecloth establishment in the old country or an authentic Italian restaurant.

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