15 Dishes You Love that Aren’t Actually Italian

Checkered tablecloths, strong accents, and even stronger wine—Americans are quite familiar with the setting of their local Italian restaurant. But is this depiction authentic? As it turns out, many of our beloved Italian dishes aren’t actually Italian. Here’s a list of dishes you’re surely familiar with, but won’t find in any restaurants in Italy.

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1. Spaghetti and meatballs

2. Chicken parmigiana

3. Pepperoni pizza

4. Mozzarella sticks

5. Shrimp scampi

6. Italian dressing

7. Cioppino

8. Chicken Francese

9. Garlic bread

10. Rainbow cookies

11. Fettuccine Alfredo

12. Muffuletta

13. Sausage, peppers, and onions

14. Cheesecake

15. Penna alla vodka

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