Sometimes I think about all the stereotypes Italian have. Spaghetti, pizza, tiramisù, ciao bella, romantic stuff… Some of them are true, others are less true… or false. So I wanted to show you guys my perspective and what I think about all these cliché(s). This is just a short list, I might post another one soon.
1. We don’t eat spaghetti with meatballs. Pasta and meatballs are two separate things. Though some people eat this plate, it’s not really common.
2. Margherita has no cheese on it. It has mozzarella. And you recognize it’s mozzarella by its shape (and taste!).
3. If the pizza you ordered came with parmesan and pepper, you can throw them away. Or you could flush or burn them. Or both.
Here’s a few example. The first is a HELL NO pizza, I ordered in San Francisco. The others two are real and I devoured them.
4. We don’t move our hands in this way EVERY TIME. This is a common gesture to express frustration or “what the hell are you saying?” – When I meet people outside of Italy (mostly Americans), they use this gesture and say “BUONGIORNOOOOO” and I laugh.
5. Pasta can’t be overcooked. To avoid this, you have to throw pasta on the pot AFTER the water has reached the point of boiling.
I did this cool collage of photos.
6. We’re lazy.
7. Italian Bureaucracy sucks.
8. We eat. A LOT. If you’re going to a wedding party, you’ll stick your ass on the chair for 6 hours. You’ll need an ambulance then.
9. We have bidets. Yes, this weird thing is used to wash our backs after we pooped. It’s refreshing and… hey, we’re clean.
10. Most of us can’t speak English.
11. Our moms will do the laundry. We don’t!
If you want to eat pasta and tomato sauce, avoid ketchup, cheese and parsley. Real Italian brands for tomato sauce: Barilla, Mutti, Bertolli etc. Main ingredients are usually: basil, onions, parmesan.
Italian cuisine is simple. We don’t add a lot of stuff on pizza or pasta (well, it depends on what you’re cooking tho). Less is more.
You can cook Italian food by following this link here (it’s a famous Italian website of Italian cooking – I think they have only a Youtube channel in English). Plus, you can shop on eataly.com (not that cheap).