History of Italian-American Food

A Brief History of Italian American Food

Cooking authentic Italian plates is like a fine art. It takes a certain skill to truly re-create the various styles of Italian food found throughout the country. But where did Italian American food begin? History suggests that mainstream Italian American fare began in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It is during this time that many Sicilians and Neapolitans came and ventured into the major cities here in America. Many of the Italian immigrants would associate certain foods with their respective regions as each region had certain traits to their culinary tradition. For example, the Northern Italian cuisine usually features grains like risotto, white sauces as opposed to red, and polenta, whereas the Southern cuisine features dried pastas, tomato-based sauces, and olive oil. 

 For food lovers, there is a lot to thank the Italians for, but by far the most convenient and tasty treat that the Italians brought over is the pizza. Pizza offers a seemingly endless number of combinations of ingredients leading to a delicious meal. For game-day or for a birthday, there’s endless occasions for a pizza pie. 

 There’s no doubt the whole of Italy offers an exquisite variety and selection of mouthwatering food and that is what we seek to recreate here at Riviera V. We want to serve our Queens community the freshest and tastiest authentic Italian meal possible. 

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