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  • Jamie

    Who cares where these dishes are from – they’re all delicious to me!

  • CJB

    Mac n’ cheese ITALIAN? Are you on crack to think so? I never would include THAT on this list… I don’t know anybody who would classify that as anything but purely American.

    • Timeea

      Do a simple search on Google and you would be surprised to see how many people (including chefs) promote this dish as Italian.

  • Sgw

    Pizza with hot salami is from Italy it is the same as pepperoni pizza.

    • Mari

      Here in Italy, we do have pizza topped with hot salami but it is not called “pepperoni pizza” at all. It`s usually known as “pizza alla diavola” (which can literally be translated as `devil style pizza` due to the spiciness of the salami used).
      However, the difference in taste between American pepperoni and Italian hot salami (salamino piccante) is enormous.

      By the way, this list is awesome and it finally dispells lots of myths concerning Italianesque dishes passed off as the real deal!

      • Giacomo

        The only thing that is not Italian in the pepperoni pizza is the name.
        The pizza itself is exactly the same as la diavola. Claiming that pepperoni pizza is not from Italy just because it has a coherent name is wrong.

        And yes, the taste is completely different, but that’s true for all

      • Giacomo

        Oops, incomplete message.

        What I was saying is that any pizza outside Italy is usually very different… but even if very badly done it’s still an Italian recipe

  • Murari Vishwakarma .

    All dishes are very sweet and delicious . It’s a nice choice to add in the meals .

  • rajimus123

    love the amount of research in this list and as an amateur gourmet love how you know the background history. Seems like the main point if to jsut clear up the diffrence between Italian and Italian American. I’ve been to Italy a few times, one thing I noticed about getting a slice of pizza, its always square and i saw a ton of people fold it in half and eat it like a sandwich. just a random observation.

  • Bookdoc

    Much the same applies to “mexican” and, I’m fairly certain, chinese food in the US. I lived in Mexico City for 3 1/2 years and there’s no connection between mexican food here and that in Mexico.

  • Zach

    If someone from Italy and invents a dish, it’s Italian. It may not be in Italy, but it’s still Italian.

    • Zach

      *moves and invents a dish

  • Ines Di Lelio


    With reference of your article I have the pleasure to tell you the history of my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” in 1908 in restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome, after leaving the restaurant of his mother Angelina.
    In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 “Il Vero Alfredo” (“Alfredo di Roma”), whose fame in the world has been strengthened by his nephew Alfredo and that now managed by his nephew Ines, with the famous “gold cutlery” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
    See also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo”, which also contains information on franchising.
    I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo” in Rome.
    I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    Best regards Ines Di Lelio

  • Cinzia

    Finalmente. Era ora che qualcuno si rendesse conto che questi piatti non sono italiani.
    Non solo! Per gli italiani sono pure disgustosi.
    It’s about time someone realized that these plates are not Italian.