Inspired by Cyndi's recent post, I decided to open the topic of meat in pasta with my Italian. In response to my telling him about her post, he laughed and said:
"Nope, only in ragu. I would've probably done the same thing."
Me: "Why is that? What is the big deal?"
Him: "Maybe it's because the chicken covers the taste of the pasta. The pasta doesn't taste like pasta, the chicken doesn't taste like chicken."
Me: "But together they make a new taste which while different, can be just as delicious."
Him: "It's like putting the chicken and pasta in a blender, puree-ing it, and eating it. The tastes all cover each other up."
Me: " Oh please, part of eating is enjoying textures, you wouldn't blend it! and plus, you CAN taste each thing separately when you eat them together. There are layers of tastes. I thought you Italians were culturally adventurous! One of the best ways to understand culture is to understand the food."
Him: "We are adventurous with food. We like to go to Asian restaurants, Mexican (in Italy?), etc. but when we go, we know we are going to eat those particular tastes. When we eat pasta we like it in particular ways. I know people who take their own pasta when going away for an extended amount of time in case they can't get what the like there."
Me: " Ya'll are food snobs. lol I don't understand but thats ok, I like Italian Italian food."
Him: " We are a bit of snobs. We don't like interpretations of our food!"
AHA - that is the crux of it all. It all dwindles down to that one sentence - "we don't like interpretations of our food". Yep, it should be as Mamma makes it and no other way. hehehe
Works for me because Mamma makes it GOOD.