[Thoughts on the Table – 81] Questions Italians in North America Can’t Help But Wonder About

Sim Salis

In this episode, Thoughts on the Table goes back to its quintessential nature: investigate the difference in food and food culture between Italy and North America.

My new partner in this journey is the multi-talented Sim Salis (radio host, writer, voice actor, video and podcast producer.)

Join the conversation to hear us dissect some of the most pressing questions Italians living in North America ask themselves, including why does fresh milk last three weeks? What is the difference between ice cream and gelato? How do Italians feel about the stereotypes associated with them? Why does Japanese food taste so good?

You can follow Sim on the web @ sim.show and through his podcast.

Paolo Rigiroli

Author: Paolo Rigiroli

Now based in the UK, Paolo is an Italian who lived in Canada for nearly 18 years and blogs about Italian food and its many aberrations.

4 thoughts on “[Thoughts on the Table – 81] Questions Italians in North America Can’t Help But Wonder About”

  1. Really fantastic episode! I love the description of North America’s love of “the more”. Do you think we’re slowly starting to appreciate subtly and simplicity a bit more? Or are North American foods still bombastically punching us in the mouth?

  2. Enjoyed the episode a lot. Trying to figure out the differences and how they play out in food, the English versions of Italian and the movement between the 2 cultures, the language, the food…
    Got me thinking about the assault on the senses in US foods, where that comes from…
    Loved the easy flow of the conversation- felt like a good meal
    Thank you

    1. Thank you, Anat! You’re absolutely right, there’s a definite pull toward hyper-palatable foods. I wonder if it’s simply human nature: when given the option, we tend to go for food that triggers the release of endorphins.

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