In Italian Food, What’s Authentic and Does It Really Even Matter?
Italians are passionate about their food culture, but the ingredients we eat and how we eat them are constantly evolving and changing over time. Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria prides itself on having a profound understanding of what Italian food is and what makes it authentic. We know the difference between spaghetti bolognese and spaghetti with Marinara. We know that Chicken Marsala, one of the classics of Italian cooking, comes in at least three radically different versions depending on what part of world you are in. We know that even if an Italian would never sprinkle grated Parmigiano over his shellfish pasta, he would happily eat crostini with melted mozzarella and anchovies. We know that asparagus and tomatoes are not cooked together, because wherever you are on the boot they are not in season together. We know that long cooking of vegetables is a hallmark of Italian food wherever you are: no barely blanched green beans or asparagus for Italians, please! And yet, we ask, what is authenticity and does it really matter? Italians are, of course, passionate about their food culture and ready at all times to chastise a foreigner for not understanding that right combinations or sequences of flavors. Salad always comes after the entrée — never before. Pasta and soup fill the same slot in the meal, so you eat one or the other and not both. Plum tomatoes are for pasta sauce, globe tomatoes are for salad. And so it goes, a dizzying array of rules and regulations for how you eat. But still I wonder, what is the importance of authenticity? Italian food and flavors changed dramatically after 1492 with the influx of the New World fruits and vegetables — tomatoes, corn, beans, peppers, potatoes — that were gradually integrated over four centuries of gardening and cooking and are at the core of today’s version of Italian food. If we wanted to be really authentic with Italian food, shouldn’t we do away with all the invasive species? Doesn’t that make tomato sauce and polenta inauthentic? What we eat is constantly evolving and changing. New things become available. do believe that often there is a reason behind many of the dishes we love and cherish and revere as authentic to us. And I do believe you have to really understand the classics in anything to start rearranging them. But food is not static, and our tastes are not static.Things change, our palates change and what was new today may become the tradition of tomorrow — a tradition so ensconced that the minute you think of that cuisine you think of the dish, the way pasta with New World tomato sauce or New World polenta immediately makes you think of Italy. Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria is your place to sit back, relax and enjoy authentic Italian home-style cooking and hospitality at its best. A place where our Italian heritage and joy for cooking come together and bring you the best dining. Come and enjoy the culinary talents of our expert chefs’ specializing in bringing you authentic Italian cuisine from our mouth-watering meatballs, hot and cold appetizers, garden fresh salads, tasty soups, hand tossed pizza. At Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria guests are treated like family!