Italian-American cuisine

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Italian-American cuisine is a style of cooking that combines Italian and American culinary influences. It emerged from the culinary traditions of Italian immigrants who came to the United States, particularly those who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

History[edit | edit source]

Italian-American cuisine began to form with the arrival of the first Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. These immigrants, primarily from Southern Italy, brought with them a distinct culinary tradition that was then adapted to the ingredients and cooking techniques available in America. This resulted in a unique fusion of Italian and American culinary traditions that has become a staple of American cuisine.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Italian-American cuisine is characterized by its use of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and pasta, similar to traditional Italian cuisine. However, it also incorporates ingredients and cooking techniques that are distinctly American. For example, Italian-American dishes often feature larger portion sizes and a greater emphasis on meat and cheese compared to traditional Italian dishes.

Popular Dishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the most popular Italian-American dishes include pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and chicken Parmesan. These dishes, while rooted in Italian culinary tradition, have been adapted to American tastes and are often served in larger portions than their Italian counterparts.

Influence[edit | edit source]

Italian-American cuisine has had a significant influence on American food culture. Many Italian-American dishes have become staples of the American diet, and Italian-American restaurants are common throughout the United States. The cuisine has also influenced the development of other fusion cuisines in America, such as Mexican-American and Chinese-American cuisine.

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