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Italian Food Culture in 20 rules

Italian Food Culture in 20 rules | Italian |

There is much more to Italian food culture than many people outside Italy realize. Mastering the art of Italian cooking is not just a matter of learning recipes but rather requires coming to understand a whole approach to the preparation and eating of food. This approach can be understood, among other ways, through a series of unwritten “rules” that guide most Italians’ culinary habits. (I use the term loosely, as there are exceptions to most of these ‘rules.’ And there is no Italian food police to arrest you if you break them.)

Via Mariano Pallottini
Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, July 28, 2013 3:10 PM

It is a great article, I highlight the title of the rules click on the photo to read more:

  • Rule 1: Eat in season. 
  • Rule 2: Eat locally.
  • Rule 3: Look for a harmonious combination of ingredients and avoid clashing combinations. 
  • Rule 4: There is no such thing as a ‘main course’ in a proper Italian meal. Rather, a true Italian meal is a series of courses of varying number, depending on the occasion, but usually including a primo (first course of pasta, soup, polenta, rice, etc.) and a secondo (meat, fish, vegetable), often served with a contorno (vegetable side dish). Fresh fruit usually serves as dessert. Or more formal occasions, an antipasto comes before the primo, and a proper dessert may close the meal.
  • Rule 5: The courses of a meal should provide variety without clashing. A delicate egg pasta would not generally be followed, for example, by a spicy dish like fettine di manzo alla pizzaiola. 
  • Rule 6: Pasta, risotto, gnocchi and the like are not served as side dishes but as a separate course.
  • Rule 7: Salads are most often served as contorni (side dishes).
  • Rule 8: Pasta should be eaten ‘al dente’. 
  • Rule 9: It is important to pair the ‘right’ pasta shape with the ‘right’ sauce.
  • Rule 10: It is equally important not to over-sauce your pasta.
  • Rule 11: Don’t assume that grated cheese goes on every pasta dish. 
  • Rule 12: Pasta salads are made with pasta secca, 
  • Rule 13: Except in the fanciest of restaurants, vegetables are not there for garnish. They are meant to be eaten.
  • Rule 14: Salad dressing is made from oil and vinegar (or, less frequently, lemon). 
  • Rule 15: Cappuccino is drunk only in the morning, and never after a meal. 
  • Rule 16: Mineral water and/or wine are the beverages of choice to accompany your meals. 
  • Rule 17: Use a knife and fork! 
  • Rule 18: Do not cut your spaghetti.
  • Rule 19: Do not eat bread with pasta. 
  • Rule 20: If you leave food on your plate, your host may wonder if you didn’t like it.
Bob Powell's comment, July 29, 2013 1:46 PM
They will be telling us next not to put chicken and pineapple on a pizza !!!!
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Only about stereotypes? | You know you’re becoming Italian when…

Only about stereotypes? | You know you’re becoming Italian when… | Italian |
You no longer can eat salty food for breakfast, and if you do you definitely can’t mix it with something sweet.You scoff at people who drink cappuccinos after 11am.You say “Aye-yah!” when you get hurt instead of “Ouch” or “Ow-ah!”You realize you’ve started staring at people much more, but don’t think it’s as rude as you once did.You cross the street whenever a car isn’t coming — to hell with the little red person on the traffic light.Similarly, you’re less scared not to follow road laws, and drive much more — ahem — ‘freely’ than you once did.You can slip sarcasm or double-meanings into any conversation, no matter what the topic.You begin English sentences with “Allora” and do things like “taking” a dish or “doing” a shower.You use your hands during every conversation, sometimes responding to English friends with a gesture that fully explains your point, but that they’re likely not to understand.You don’t think twice about paying for water, and you never expect ice.You wear long pants even when it’s over 75˚ Fahrenheit.Your go-to small talk is about upcoming or recently-had vacations.You firmly believe in the dangers of cold air on your throat and happily take a digestive shot after dinner.You become fiercely proud of the town you’re “from” (or living in) and know the waiters, baristas, and mammas throughout.
Via Mariano Pallottini
Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:58 PM

Photo: Un americano a Roma (internationally released as An American in Rome) is a 1954 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. The film consists in a satire of americanization, and it was referred as "a milestone in the evolution of Italian self-identification".