Cooking is not only about tastes. It also covers other things, such as culture and history. For instance, many think that Italian sauces are the most original recipes in the planet, because they are very famous in making different pasta dishes. On the other hand, there are lots sauces or gravies that are known to be Italian, though they don’t even exist Italy. You might be surprised one day that your favorite famous Italian sauce is not actually from there. Below are 10 famous sauces that many think as Italian, though Italians don’t really own them.
Fra Diavolo Sauce
Fra Diavolo is the nickname of a famous Neapolitan guerrilla leader, Michele Pezza. Though many believe that Fra Diavolo is an Italian sauce, Italians actually don’t have this type of sauce in their early recipe books. One probable reason that this sauce was named after the famous leader is because Pezza was known for his bravery. The Fra Diavolo Sauce is known to have strong flavor due to cayenne and other types of pepper, which resembles the strength of Pezza during the French rule.
Another famous sauce in most restaurants today is the Primavera. Unknown to many, this sauce was created in Nova Scotia in 1975 by an Italian American chef. After preparing this hearty sauce in Canada, the chef brought the recipe to New York where it became famous.
Roasted Garlic Sauce
There is no doubt that Italians love to roast peppers, garlic and other spices to make their gravies more flavorful. Roasted garlic sauce can be seen in almost every grocery store on the Italian section. Many think that it is traditionally part of the Italian cuisine, but it is in fact a recipe that resembles Italian-Americans.
Pasta Alfredo is often found in Italian restaurant menus, but in reality, Alfredo is an American remake of the Italian recipe called Pasta al burro. Many people think that this sauce is Italian because of the ingredients used. Then again, if you will go back in history, you’d know that this is just a way for Americans to embrace Italian cuisine.
Sugo della domenica, which means Sunday sauce, does not really describe a specific recipe. It is only used an expression among Italians because for them, Sunday is a special day when people eat special meals cooked by their mothers. In the US, people think that there really is Sunday gravy since most Italian-Americans prepare meaty gravies for Sunday lunch. If you go to Italy and literally look for Sunday gravy, you’ll find out that there’s no specific product because it’s based on every mother’s recipe.
Other Sauces That Are Unknown In Italy
There are other sauces or gravies that people classify as Italian, even if they unknown in Italy. For instance, the Fresca sauce is not a real Italian sauce because Fresca means fresh, which often pertains to a kind of salsa or salad. The Pescatore sauce may also sound strange to any local Italian because Pescatore means fisherman. It just so happened that there are certain herbs that Italians use with seafood, but there is no such thing as a fisherman’s sauce. The three cheese sauce is undoubtedly American, but people think it’s Italian because it blends well to most Italian pasta dishes. Others believe that the Garlic Parmesan is purely Italian, but once you meet a traditional Italian friend, you’d know that they don’t have this type of sauce. Instead, they’d offer you Parmigiano Reggiano, which is not like the pre-packed shaved cheese you’d find in supermarkets. It’s a piece of hard cheese that you’d have to grate, but definitely more flavorful than packed cheese. Lastly, you should take note that the Italian white bean sauce is not and should not be classified as Italian because the real Italian pasta with white beans is runny, and not thick like Carbonara sauce that you see in most restaurants.