2011/05/23 22:31:01
i don't know, is pasta ethic?

Posted at another spot. Talking how much I love eating at Piero's Pasta, Geneva on the Lake , Ohio. It's only open in summer. piero cooks until tired, usually about 4 hours.

Re:Pasta 2011/07/02 23:20:40
I think Italians and Italian FOOD, including pasta, are so assimilated into the America of this century that they can be thought to be part of the foundation of American FOOD CULTURE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY.
Ditto, the Americanized interpretations of Irish and Ashkenazim [European Jewish] foods.
At one time, one or more of these may have been more regionally localized in urban pockets, especially the Italian and Jewish foods. This  might have have been true before WWII & just after. During that period, such cuisines, along with Chinese could be deemed EXOTIC  by the heartland. "Exotic" is  close in emotional meaning to "ethnic", i.e. foreign, alien, strange, even scary or delicious.
Today, BAGELS are indispensable for many and so is Chinese takeout. Thai & SE Asian is getting known in the heartland, and the two coasts always have more external influences earlier than the rest of the nation. Latin American food is moving away from "ethnic" to semi-staple, just as pizza & pasta have done in the 60 years after WWII.
We are told that salsa has overtaken ketchup sales! How long before corn chips & the like overtake potato chips!!
Long answer but does it address your query?
Re:Pasta 2011/07/03 02:02:51
There is evidence that pasta originated in places other than Italy and Salsa has, in fact, overtaken Ketchup in the Condiment Wars but Mayo is #1!
"The sales of mayonnaise—in both total sales and units sold—dwarfs both salsa and ketchup. According to SymphonyIRI Group, a market research firm in Chicago, more than 396,376,100 units of mayo were sold in the 52 weeks prior to Sept. 5, 2010, generating more than $1.258 billion in sales, compared with 271,312,400 units of salsa for $764,299,900, or 256,891,700 units of ketchup for $481,278,800."
Combined, that's $2.5 BILLION in sales a year just in the USA and not counting other condiments. Mind Boggling!
post edited by Foodbme - 2011/07/03 02:07:50