Who doesn’t love Italian food? Whether it’s a classic carbonara, a heart-warming lasagne, or a perfectly crisp thin-crust pizza, we have so much to thank Italy for. With UberEATS, it’s easier than ever to unleash your inner Italian and satisfy those cravings.
But why just enjoy great food with friends when you can blow their minds as well? With our Italian food facts, you’ll be the smartest person in the room – when it comes to obscure trivia at least – so you can impress your friends whilst chowing down. It’s a win win.
Fact #1: Spaghetti and Meatballs, the Italian Impersonator
Did you know that spaghetti and meatballs, thought of as a staple of Italian food culture, and ever present on ristorante menus, is not actually a traditional Italian dish? Despite what everyone thinks, you won’t find this dish on the menu in Italy, as this so-called classic originated in America.
Fact #2: Upside-Down Bread Brings Bad Luck
It’s a common superstition in Italy that placing a loaf of bread face-down on the table brings bad luck. Some say that this tradition dates to the Middle Ages when bread intended for executioners was turned upside down to differentiate it from that destined for the rest of the community. This was for sanitary reasons during the plague and due to people’s disdain for the unfortunate job of the executioner, who was seen to have a very low social stature.
Fact #3: Peperoni Doesn’t Mean Pepperoni
When it comes to pizza, it wouldn’t be a good idea to order a pepperoni from a traditional Italian pizzeria. Huh? In Italian ‘peperoni’ means ‘bell peppers’, so unless you’re after a wholly vegetarian option, this may not be the way to go. In fact, the pepperoni pizza as we understand it was invented in (you guessed it) America, where pepperoni is just a variety of salami sausage, made with pork and beef.