I've never been to Italy, but my wife has and she has nothing but praise for
the food there. It has influenced the way she cooks now.
We have 6 or seven Italian restaurants around here in the Harrisonburg, Va.
that are owned by Italian immigrants. We have gotten friendly with 3 of the
owners and discovered that they often prepare some dishes, especially pizza,
for what they consider American tastes. They are delighted when someone asks
for or choses one they offer that is truly of Italian design. My wife has
brought back a pizza and I can tell by just looking at it, and then tasting it,
that it is not a typical American style of pizza. The ingredients are fresher,
more herbs are used and they aren't blended into a sauce, but placed on the pizza,
and often there is no sauce, but some kind of tomato (dried or something), and the
cheese is buffalo mozzerella. The crust are home-made which makes a tremendous difference.
They are delicious and different to the pizza I am accustomed to.
But, don't cry for my tastebuds and you may consider me a hayseed, but I prefer American style
and thus, probably Americanized Italian dishes
. I say prefer, but will not
limit myself to.