Our question today for Francesco....I am always curious what Italians actually eat for dinner. Is it the big spreads of food that we always see on TV or is that just for special occasions? What did you eat for dinner last night?
I think there's much difference between italian food and other countries', and that's proved by what dieticians define "Mediterranean diet", which in the end is what Italians eat. Even if here in Europe we've got wrong stereotypes of Americans eating only french fries and hot-dogs, you don't have to be misled by the opposite of Italians eating only nouvelle cuisine food: here we have our bad ones too ;-) Just think that, even if pizza is one of the most famous Italian dishes, it's not one of the healthiest, as you can't eat it daily or too many times a week, since it would result in a slow and heavy digestion.
Anyway, for dinner Italians usually have what they have for lunch (not the same food but the same kind of food), as we have pasta or meat or veggies or fish indifferently at noon or at night. Just to understand: for dinner last night I had passato di verdure and spinacine, but this night I will have a good ol' dish of pasta! :-)