As one of the most well-known foods across the world, chances are you have experienced an Italian restaurant or at least Italian inspired foods. Pizza and pasta are by far the most well-known, but there are so many more options you are sure to enjoy as well. Italian cuisines are among the most historical, so it should be no surprise to learn that there are plenty of interesting facts about Italian food that may have you thinking about your food choices differently the next time you go to an Italian restaurant.
Here are five interesting facts you need to know:
1. Margherita Pizza was Invented in Naples
Naples is the birthplace of arguably the most famous Italian dish pizza! Margherita pizza was first created by Raffaele Esposito (in Naples as well) when a simple pizza was made for Queen Margherita, the queen of Italy. The pizza was made in the colours of the Italian flag using tomato for the red, mozzarella for the white, and basil for the green.
2. Pepperoni Pizza is Not from Italy
Pepperoni pizza is probably one of the most popular types of pizza in North America. However, it is not from Italy. Pepperoni means bell pepper in Italian. So, if you stop by a pizzeria in Italy and ask for pepperoni pizza, you may not get a pizza topped as you expected.
3. Italians Eat Roughly 23kg of Pasta Each Year
Pasta is one of the most popular dishes in Italy and is another popular dish people equate with Italy. Pasta is a typical food, consumed on a daily basis by most Italians in Italy. As a result, you find Italians eating roughly 23kg of pasta each year compared to 8kg eaten on average by someone in France or the United States.
4. Italians Drink Coffee Differently from The Popular Coffee Names
Coffee is an extremely popular beverage for Italians, however, the most popular form enjoyed in Italy is espresso. Coffee with milk is mostly reserved for mornings. So, all the fancy names you find in restaurants and coffee shops here in Canada such as Macchiato, Cappuccino, Frappuccino, do not represent the true Italian coffee selections.
5. You Say “Buon Appetito” Before Eating in Italy
If you are in an Italian restaurant and you hear someone tell you “Buon Appetito,” it simply means “enjoy your meal.” This is a common statement before eating. If they will be eating also, you can reply with the same expression. However, you can simply say “Grazie” meaning “Thanks” if they are not eating.
These are just five fun facts about Italian cuisine, there are definitely many more we did not review. So, next time you are at an Italian restaurant with friends, you can wow them with your knowledge about Italian cuisine.