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That's Italian! Not...

Television and other media bombard Americans with propaganda concerning food. After all, isn't eating a famous American past time?

There's all you can eat, there's steak houses, there's seafood, there's Mexican, there's Chinese. And there's Italian. Or so we're told...

There's Italian, then there's mimic Italian. Mimic's fine, only please don't lie by claiming genuine-ness.

For instance, a meal was offered to "Joe" on Masterchef US . He indicated he'd have liked the dish, but it was "cheapened". How so? The rising chef had included a food I personally like, Garlic Bread. Joe indicated garlic bread was not genuine Italian.

Does the "Genuine Italian" restaurant you go to serve garlic bread?

Image Credit » Garlic Bread

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MegL wrote on September 15, 2019, 3:23 PM

I love garlic bread. I don't go to restaurants. If the rest of the meal were Italian, I wouldn't complain about being offered garlic bread, I would have thought that that would have gone well with an Italian meal. But then, if it was a competition or show meal, maybe the rules do not allow for useful additions. I certainly would not say that a meal had been "cheapened"!

VinceSummers wrote on September 15, 2019, 5:18 PM

It's about the only garlic-related food I can stand. If it's really toasty and great bread, I love it. But authentic is authentic, after all. And there is at least one chain Italian restaurant that claims authenticity, yet features it.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 21, 2019, 5:22 PM

Our home Italian style baker, my wife, who likes spaghetti and meat balls will often suggest toasted garlic bread, or I will insist on it. I don't really know what constitutes authentic Italian but I personally enjoy garlic bread, lightly toasted.

Last Edited: September 21, 2019, 5:24 PM

VinceSummers wrote on September 22, 2019, 12:53 PM

I think I prefer darker toasting, but I concur.