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10 Italian Cooking and Dining Mistakes

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academia-barillaThe Academia Barilla in Parma is the first international center dedicated to the development and promotion of Italian gastronomic culture. So the folks there know a thing or two about Italian food and how it should be prepared and eaten. The center recently published 10 Italian cooking commandments according to Academia Barilla. Here they are:

  1. You shall not sip a cappuccino during a meal.
  2. Risotto and pasta are not side dishes.
  3. You shall not add oil to water (when cooking pasta).
  4. Ketchup on pasta; please don’t!
  5. Spaghetti Bolognese, no way it is tagliatelle!
  6. Chicken pasta – not in Italy.
  7. “Caesar” salad is almost unknown in Italy.
  8. The red and white checkered tablecloth is only a stereotype.
  9. Fettuccine Alfredo is only popular overseas.
  10. You shall respect tradition and what the Italian mama says!

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