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What American Foods to Make for Your Italian Family and FriendsDiscover what tastes of the United States get rave reviews in the Boot
American foods are actually more popular than you'd imagine in Italy. Most of the people are foodies by American standards. Preparing meals, gathering family and friends and the table, and perfecting regional specialties are big parts of the culture. As a result, many Italians enjoy trying new dishes. When they find out your American (or Canadian or Brazilian or Australian), they want to know what's on your menu.
Frankly, one of my favorite parts of visiting Italy is the cultural exchange. The richest ones happen when breaking bread. I regularly cook American food for my family and friends in Italy. In fact, they seem to like that more than the little trinkets and souvenirs I bring them from the U.S. Indeed, you'll be surprised at some of their favorite American foods:
Grill them properly, and they'll never forget you. Be sure to include all the fixings – tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. But you can probably leave out the onions and pickles. Most Italians I know fear onion breath and don't like pickles, which are also kind of hard to find at least on the island of Ischia, home of my ancestors and husband.
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