Italian Foodie Facts


What comes to mind when you think of Italian food? The usual suspects of pizza and pasta? They may be the flagship dishes of Italian cuisine, but that is in no way a complete representation of the delicacies of Italy; it’s actually much more versatile than you imagine! Meanwhile, we’ve got some foodie facts to entertain you with.

Do Italians really have pasta everyday?

Yes, the stereotype is mostly true. Especially for busy working Italians, pasta is a godsend! Not only is it delicious, but it is also versatile as you can eat it with all kinds of sauces, vegetables, and meat. You can hardly get sick of pasta when you can eat it in so many different ways. Plus, Italians are really fickle with their food, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an Italian who would skip his or her daily pasta without reason.

 Wall-toss your pasta

You know how Gordon Ramsay loves to say “al dente”? It refers to the state in which your pasta has attained a level of textural perfection, but how would you know for sure? That literally came from a practice where you toss your pasta against a wall to see if it sticks. If it does, you’re good to go.


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The pizza backstory

It used to be food for the poor, which literally was just dry and flat bread. However, Queen Margheriat of Italy chanced upon it during her tour around the country in 1889, and loved it so much that she commanded her chef to make pizzas in all kinds of variations for her. The clever chef had the idea to create a pizza with the three colours of Italy’s flag – white, red, and green. Hence came about the cheese for white, tomato for red, and basil for green, giving birth to the infamous Pizza Margherita that we all know today.

Pizza used to be thin

The most evident change made when adopted by the Americans, and then worldwide, was the crust, but authentic pizzas true to the traditions of Italy are always served thin.

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Italian food in Kuala Lumpur

There are many, but our personal favourite has to be Marini’s on 57. We had a fabulous time and the food there is as expected; authentic and diverse. Plus, they really do have the better view of the city’s urban landscape. You can check them out at Toodles!