What are some wierd and wonderful facts about Italian food and the way Italians eat?


I am doing a school presentation on Italian food and I thought I would make it more interesting if I use some interesting facts.



chad c

in italy salad is served after the entree. it is meant to cleanse the palate, not as an appetizer. the largest meal of the day is lunch. they eat a small meal in the evenings and at breakfast.

ya ya

pour a lot of oil into any dishes are weird for me
coz i’m asian

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When pizza is served authentic here in the United States, folks tend to complain that it’s too greasy and will even press napkins to it to sop it up. What they don’t know is that olive oil is poured over the pizza (after it’s done), so they’re actually sopping up the healthiest part.


meat is not the main point of an italian meal. when done traditionally, there are several veggie dishes, and meat, chicken, pork, fish or any combination of these as side dishes.

wine is part of every supper and “dinner” (lunch). traditional families serve a small amount of wine (usually in a cordial glass) to their children starting around age 12. it starts out 1/2 wine and 1/2 water, and doesn’t reach full strength, or more than an ounce total, until well into their teens.

roman catholic italians have a tradition of eating 12 types of fish on christmas eve. my family didn’t like all the traditional fishes, so we got really creative on getting to 12.

a “traditional” italian-american thanksgiving has all the stuff any other thanksgiving does, plus a lasagna or other baked pasta dish, a roast beef or ham for those that don’t like turkey, and at least 2 types of seafood.


I can tell you when I was growing up in my house at Easter time the Lamb was the most important. Among the Italian cookies. Besides all the family came.


a) Italians like their food freshly made from scratch. Pre-cooked and microwaveable meals are almost unknown here. For this reason Italians go shopping for groceries almost every day, and refrigerators in Italian homes are of much smaller size compared to American ones. In Italy many kinds of foods (such as bread, fresh cheese and some varieties of fruits) are supposed to be eaten within days or even hours after they’re either made or harvested, otherwise they’ll become inedible pretty soon.

b) Italians like to enjoy full-course meals at lunch and dinner, and take their time to eat it slowly in order to appreciate it better. Not many people in Italy eat a sandwich for lunch or bring a luch box along. In many Italian cities shops and offices still close between 1pm and 3pm to allow their owners and employees to go home, have lunch and get back to work. In Italy companies with a workforce above a certain size are required by law to provide employees with a cafeteria that serves them warm lunches, or either provide them with meal coupons that can be exchanged for a fixed-price lunch at some restaurants.

c) Italians are very keen on preserving culinary traditions of their own area. Recipes are passed down from mothers to daughters (and to sons as well), and a girl’s ability to cook is still valued as an asset when she is dating someone. In Italy cooking is regarded as a way to communicate one’s feelings, and being unable to cook or having no interest in food is seen as a social impairment.

d) In Italy wine is considered a food too, and it’s not uncommon to see children as young as 13 allowed to have a little wine mixed with water to drink during their meals.


The tomato sauce (with spices, seasonings, veggies) that is simmered for hours and served over spaghetti and in other dishes is called “gravy.”

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