How many times, in our travels abroad, have we come across the usual clichés about Italian cuisine?

It usually happens like this: you are traveling in a beautiful foreign city and you are walking around fascinated by the beauty of the place.

When all of a sudden, you realize you are surrounded by the classic restaurant signs that read: Pizza, Pasta, Coffee, et similia.

First intrigued, then more and more disturbed, you approach to take a look: absurd names, dishes never heard of and combinations of ingredients unthinkable crowd the menu list.

Don’t panic, everything is normal: you too are a victim of the usual clichés about Italian food abroad.

An almost destabilizing experience, at times traumatic, to which we have dedicated this article.

Let’s see, therefore, what are the most popular culinary errors (and, above all, horrors) on Italian menus abroad.



Very famous especially in America, this dish, based on egg pasta, butter and Parmesan Cheese, is actually almost unknown in Italy.

It is said the original recipe was created in 1914 by Alfredo di Lelio, owner of a Roman restaurant.

It is one of the most popular Italian dishes in the United States, where there is even a ready made condiment: Alfredo Sauce, which can be bought in supermarkets.



Abroad go crazy for our cappuccino, there’s nothing to do about it. In fact, they love this drink so much that they decide to sip it quietly after or (worse) during meals.

How do we explain to them that cappuccino is drunk for breakfast or, at most, for a snack?


Here is another of the most common clichés about Italian cooking abroad.

Leaving aside the preparation of the phantom bolognaise sauce (which contains everything but ragù), obviously we all know that the Italian recipe calls for the use of tagliatelle, and not spaghetti.

You will be surprised to know that this is the dish most loved by the British, who eat as many as 670 million portions a year.


The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Hands up who has ever heard of this typical Italian dinner.

It would be, and those who have been to the United States know it, a dinner exclusively based on fish, to be eaten on Christmas Eve.

Celebrated every year by Italian-American families, the Seven Fishes Feast is considered the most important tradition in our country.



How to forget this typical Italian dish, which abroad is twisted in every way?

There is the famous Pizza Hawaii, made with pineapple, and loved by Americans and Dutch.

Then we have the Pizza with Barbecue sauce and minced meat of the Spanish.

And, last but not the least, there is Pepperoni Pizza which, attention, is not a normal pizza with peppers, but a pizza prepared with an American hot sausage called, in fact, Pepperoni.



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