Italian food lover, what do you think?
Everytime I share a photo from an Italian restaurant in Jordan or in another Middle Eastern country, my Italian friends just jump in and say: "buon appetito!" but this sounds a false Italian food; we never combine pasta and chicken in a single plate!!
Ok, this is a repetitive debate that I think Italians usually have with their friends overseas, and I can see 2 opposite yet valid arguments about this:
1. Italian food should always keep its original version, no matter where and when, otherwise, it can't be called Italian any more. So, feel free to call Hawaiian pizza and pasta Alfredo anything but Italian!
2. There are regional differences and each country has its own expectations and scale of any meal to be considered tasty, healthy and complete. For example, here in Jordan and the Middle East in general, we are used to eating chicken or meet along with the rice, pasta, potato in the similar dish, so it would be more acceptable by people to localize any international imported dish and so on.
What experience do you have of Italian food in your country? And which argument would you rather?