Italian food is so popular in the United States that it could almost pass as an American food at this point. But unlike other types of ethnic cuisine, Italian food seems to be one of the few that is immune to “Americanization.”
When it comes to the most popular ethnic foods, it seems that everything from Chinese, Mexican, Polish, Greek, and other recipes have been substantial American twists over the years. Yet, many Italian dishes retain the same ingredients that they contained when they first appeared in their homeland. This is not to say that all recipes for lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and gnocchi have remained uninfluenced by American tastes, but the tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic, cheeses, and cured meats that were used back in Rome and Tuscany remain essential ingredients today.
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