10 Fun Facts About Italian Cuisine
Everyone knows about Italian food, like pizza and pasta, but did you know these fun facts about Italian cuisine?
- February 13th is National “Eat Italian Food” day. In addition, you can celebrate National Ravioli day on March 20th or National Pizza Day on February 9th. There is pretty much a national holiday for all your favorite foods!
- Prosciutto, the famous cured Italian ham, was banned from export to the US until 1989.
- Italians don’t eat spaghetti and meatballs in one dish. The average Italian meal is divided into two courses. The first course (primo piatto) consists of pasta or minestrone, while the second course (secondo piatto) consists of meat or fish with salad or vegetables.
- Italian wedding soup is not actually served at weddings. The term “wedding soup” comes from the phrase “minestra maritata,” which means, “married soup.” This is a reference to the flavor produced by the combination of the greens and broth inside the soup.
- There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide. Click here to peruse the various kinds. They are even in alphabetical order!
- The essential ingredients in Italian food include: olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage, and pasta. However, tomatoes were not found in Italian dishes until the 1700’s.
- Italians only drink “milky coffee,” such as cappuccinos and lattes, for breakfast. This is the only time of the day they drink “milky coffee.”
- The dessert Tiramisu actually means “pick me up” and the Italian dish Saltimbocca actually means “jump into mouth.”
- Neapolitan pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito, created Margherita pizza for the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. The pizza was garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to represent the national colors of Italy.
- The average person in Italy eats over 51 pounds of pasta each year, while the average person in North America eats 15.5 pounds of pasta per year.
Hungry after reading this blog? Stop by Fazio’s for dinner or pick up some take out! Our pizza, grinders, and pasta dishes will make you feel like you’re in Italy!
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