I began writing out of frustration. I have never had chicken on pasta when I was in Italy – and, yet, chicken pasta is a popular “Italian classic” in North America(*). It’s bad enough to have “Italian” dishes that don’t actually exist in Italy (try ordering Linguini Alfredo in an Italian restaurant!), but what is even more upsetting is when the basic pillars of Italian cuisine are completely ignored, when its simplicity and balance are lost in the attempt to cram in as many flavors as possible. Real Italian food celebrates quality ingredients, expertly paired so that they play off each other. I don’t see that in a tomato sauce made with 10 different spices, a tablespoon of sugar and a head of garlic!
After my initial rant, however, I shifted my focus on researching why certain ingredients in North America are treated so differently from their Italian counterparts. Why are tomatoes nothing more than a garnish for hamburgers? Why when I lived in Italy hadn’t I heard of Canola? Why does fresh milk last 3 weeks instead of 3 days? The blog became more “scientific,” and started to require far more research.
Between the different articles, I continued publishing recipes, especially the simple and traditional ones. And, by doing that, I had an opportunity to work on my food photography.
This blog has been a great experience, and I learned a lot through it. I want to take this opportunity to thank the people that helped me a great deal throughout the years:
– Above all, my fabulous wife, Candace, for all her help, feedback and amazing editing. Honey, I would have given up if it wasn’t for your support.
– My friend food bloggers who I met along the way for their encouragement, feedback, for inspiring me and for promoting my posts. Special thanks to Manu, Pola, Kathy, Fiona, Simona, Nami, Frank.
– My friends and coworkers for their kind support and for flattering me by cooking my recipes! And special thanks to Jason, who has been a great sounding board, and who has been involved as an editor and as a podcast partner.
Born and raised near Milan, Italy, Paolo has an engineering degree in Biomedical Electronics and works as a software engineer in the gaming industry. Now based in England, he lived in Vancouver, Canada, for nearly 18 years. If you wish to get in touch with him, please use the form.
(*)Although pasta with chicken exists in some regions of Italy, it isn’t the mainstream dish depicted in North America.
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