To mainstream America, Italian food has usually meant two things - pizza (which most of the country can't even get right), and spaghetti (see previous comment). But that mindset is slowly changing. Thanks to Giada and Mario, those boundaries have been broadened. The beauty of Italian cuisine has even made it into popular books and movies - John Grisham's Playing for Pizza sent this reader into foodgasms with his descriptions of meals in northern Italy. The same for Eat, Pray, Love (seriously, Elizabeth Gilbert should have just stayed in Italy). But I digress, so let's cut the crap and talk food.
Italians do food right. True, the French are heralded for their cuisine and gastronomie, but I absolutely adore what the Italians can create from simple, fresh ingredients. The cured meats (prosciutto, salami, mortadella, sopresetta); the cheeses (mozzerella, parmegiano-reggiano, asiago, pecorino); the bread, the marinated vegetables, the seafood, the pasta, the pizza! I adore it all, and that's just lightly scratching the service. The dishes that Italians create from veal would make any foodie swoon. So, over the course of this week I hope to share some of my favorite Italian meal memories with you.
What's coming up?
Part I of a Foodgasm: 'Gusto in Rome
Part II of a Foodgasm: Italian Pizza
Part III of a Foodgasm: Ad Hoc in Rome
Part IV of a Foodgasm: Bufalito and Seafood in Sorrento