What do you know about Italian food?
What does the general population think of at the mentioning of Italian cuisine? Most would say spaghetti and meatballs, pepperoni pizza, lasagna or caesar salads. But Italian food is so much more than that, and when it comes down to it, it’s all about the ingredients. People love these so called “classic” foods, but most of the population of Italy has never even heard of these dishes. This webpage will be dedicated to talking about real food, not your classic American style Italian cooking.
Most people would assume that the most popular Italian pasta would be spaghetti and meatballs. But they would be dead wrong. The most popular pasta is the famous Pasta aglio olio, which means “oil and garlic”. The dish has very simple ingredients. Some chefs will also add additional ingredients such as cheese, anchovies, toasted bread crumbs, or dried tomatoes. Chef John does an excellent version of spaghetti agio olio on his YouTube page, and give directions on how to make it at home.
Pepperoni pizza has become one of the most popular foods in North America. But the reality is, most restaurants don’t even carry pepperoni. The other thing is the thickness. American style pizza has very thick crust compared to classic Italian pizza.
Here is an example:
The most important part is getting the pizza dough right! More than just the base of the pizza, the dough is what gives the pizza its texture, holds together the flavors, and—if done right—can make you feel like you’ve been transported right back to Italy.
- 600 mL of warm water.
- 7 cups (1kg) flour, type “00”*
- 2.5 – 3 tablespoons (25 grams) of fresh yeast or 2 teaspoons (7-8 grams) of dried yeast.
- 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- 1.5 teaspoons salt.
- 2 teaspoons sugar.