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Angry Italians Call Out Offensive Attempts At Their Cuisine

Many food publications have come under fire recently for either completely bastardizing a culture's cuisine, or neglecting to correctly credit a dish's influence. While we've enjoyed all the drama surrounding Bon Appetit's various failings, the latest culprit of food crimes is none other than The New York Times. 

The publication stoked the ire of readers back in 2018 when they referred to Yorkshire Pudding, an English supper special, as a dessert. Their latest misstep? Publishing a recipe for a dish called "Smoky Tomato Carbonara."

For those of you who may not be versed in Italian cuisine, they take their recipes - and methodologies - very, very seriously. Carbonara is a pasta dish (usually using Spaghetti) that combines guanciale (pork jowl), black pepper, pecorino cheese and egg to create a wonderfully rich and savory treat. Unfortunately, especially stateside, many home and professional chefs bastardize this preparation either by using substitutions such as bacon for guanciale, or, even worse, adding cream to the sauce. While the dish does have a creaminess to it, the decadence comes from the last step of the cooking process, when a mixture of raw egg is added to the cooked pasta while off the heat. It cooks into a creamy coating when done correctly. Adding cream or milk isn't just a cop out, to many Italians it's a sin. 

If the addition of dairy or use of bacon is so offensive, it's no wonder this "smoky tomato" recipe has inspired such animosity. And Italians are not ones to mince words. One chef from Rome, the 'Carbonara King' Alessandro Pipero, told Corriere della Sera "It would be like putting salami in a cappuccino or mortadella in sushi. OK, fine, but then let's not call it sushi, similarly with this one – carbonara with tomato is not carbonara. It's something else." Other opponents chose to voice their disgust on Twitter - mostly in response to the tweet that was supposed to promote the controversial recipe. But the condemnation of bastardized Italian dishes on social media is nothing new. In fact, one of our favorite Twitter accounts is an impressive archive of heated, angry comments in response to images of ketchup-soiled pasta, or pizzas with pineapple on them. The account, Italians Mad At Food, has been pumping out the entertainment since 2015, and has amassed a pretty impressive following of 100k fans. If you're entertained by this kind of food criticism, you'll definitely enjoy the screenshots they so diligently upload. We've put together our favorites from the last month or so for your convenient enjoyment, but you can see more on Twitter as well as on their newer Instagram. The anger and scathing remarks really never get old.  

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You just already knew that this video was about to be some fresh, pure comedy gold based off the title of the video alone. There's just something inescapably adorable about a couple toddlers arguing in Italian. 

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Puppy Born With Green Fur Named Pistachio

Approximately, two weeks ago at a farm on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italy, an Italian sheep farmer named Cristian Mallocci noticed that one of his 8 dogs, Spelacchia, gave birth to a litter of 5 puppies, one of which was born with green fur.

All the other pups in the litter had white fur, just like their mother. Not pistachio. However, while the phenomenon is rare, there is an explanation behind it. You know when you get a bruise and it turns green? Well, that substance is known as biliverdin. It is assumed that when puppies with pale fur have contact with that green pigment, biliverdin, within their mother's womb, then they'll take on a green tint. 

Story via BBC News

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Italian Boy Bravely Manages To Walk Away From a Giant Bear He Encountered

In Northern Italy, a 12-year-old boy was collecting pine cones when a bear appeared behind him. He didn't panic and managed to walk away. 

The encounter happened when the boy, Alessandro Franzoi, was hiking with his family near a village of Sporminore in northern Italy.

According to a DailyMail report, the boy is passionate about wild animals and nature and he had studied about bears and how to respond during an encounter.

Get ready for some heart-stopping moments. 

Boy Bravely Manages To Walk Away From a Giant Bear He Encountered | boy in a red and blue tracksuit walking through grass and brush as a large bear looms in the background
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Live-streaming Pasta-Making Classes From 84-Year-Old Grandma In Italy

I am a pasta lover. Personally, I consider it the food of the gods and I eat it at least three times a week, in all its glorious variations. Sadly, pasta has become somewhat of a commodity nowadays, since supermarket shelves are being cleared out due to panic-buying. The silver lining? Now is the perfect time to try and make your own, especially with all this extra time on our hands. Yes, you could follow a recipe book, but what if you could take a live-streaming video class from an 84-year-old Italian nonna, using a generations-old recipe? Well luckily for you, you can! Nonna Nerina (Nonna means grandma in Italian), who usually hosts pasta-cooking classes in her home is now running them online due to the coronavirus containment measures in Italy and it's wonderful. Forget your online fitness classes; this is much more fun! Here's how it works... 

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Tumblr Thread: Coronavirus Lockdown Ignites Pasta Debate In Italy

With the Coronavirus sending various parts of the world's population into a full panic, there is some strange behavior afoot. Strange, or in this case, apparently it's to be expected. Yes, this Tumblr thread highlights how the Coronavirus lockdown in Italy, inspired people to clear the shelves of pasta, except for the penne lische. 

Tumblr thread on how Coronavirus lockdown in Italy ignited a debate about pasta | sedfierisentio most hilarious part italians' reaction coronavirus/covid19 has been them stockpiling EVERY SINGLE type pasta except PENNE LISCE Someone explain please want knowwww aphony-cree Penne lische is smooth and doesn't hold sauce way penne rigate does grooves make more sauce adhere
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Brit Living In Italy Talks Some Sense About Coronavirus

Coronavirus has inspired all kinds of irrational responses hatched from a place of pure and senseless hysteria. Some folks are trying to spread the logic and the facts amidst the storm of otherwise confusing and conflicting information. This British woman living in Italy, decided to share a Facebook post about what life looks like while living in a place that's on lockdown. 

Brit living in Italy during Coronavirus lockdown talks some sense about the results | As Brit living Italy, here are some things need know: Our supermarkets HAVE STAYED OPEN. They are on slightly reduced hours and have queue get yes s ball-ache) but they are OPEN. EVERY DAY. Deliveries continue arrive so fucks sake, shop like NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS!
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Twitter Thread: Italy's Coronavirus Experience

Twitter user @JasonYanowitz shared a Twitter thread that details the progression of Coronavirus over in Italy, and what's been seen of how it's impacted the area, and the people living there. 

Twitter thread breaks down the progression of Italy's Coronavirus experience | Yano @JasonYanowitz If still hanging with friends, going restaurants/bars, and acting like this isn't big deal, get shit together following thread is taken an Italian citizen. As they put rest world have no idea 's coming." As think everybody knows, Italy is on quarantine because coronavirus outbreak. This situation is bad, but 's worse is seeing rest world behaving as if isn't going happen them know thinking because
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Now that's a fun way to respond that doesn't include full panic. Right on, Italy!

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Twenty-Eight Italian Memes That Are Just Pici

If you read this title and you're rather confused, pici is a type of pasta, ancient in origin. These memes contain stereotypes galore, so if you're actually Italian, then we're sorry ahead of time. 

If for some reason you have a hankering to browse through the best Italian memes of 2017, well, it's your lucky day!

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Italian Has A Plethora Of Slang For Genitalia, According To This Amusing Tumblr Thread

If you want to learn Italian and you desire to be able to converse with the young people, you better start practicing up on your slang words for vagina, because let us tell you - there are a LOT of them. Like, more than we can even count, and they're all dependent on the region according to this ridiculous Tumblr thread. Good luck.

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Fifteen Ancient Roman Memes For The History Connoisseurs

Do you nerd out over ancient history? Are you a sucker for all things Rome? If so, you're in luck! Here are 15 premium dank ancient Roman memes you can view and maybe learn a thing or two from!

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'Michelangelo' Twitter Meme Highlights How Unsuccessful We All Are

If you were in the mood to feel exceptionally bad about yourself today, then just scroll through these parody Twitter memes which point out the fact that many famous people were exceptionally young when they created brilliant works of art. Well, at least we can all come together over feeling worthless now, right? That's gotta be worth something.

Funny parody tweets about how Michelangelo was only 24 years when he constructed the Pieta sculpture
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Timothée Chalamet Roasted On Twitter For Awkward Makeout Photos

Actor Timothée Chalamet has been living his best life with co-star and girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp (yes, she's Johnny Depp's daughter) in Capri following the premier of their Netflix film The King. Unfortunately for the lovebirds, their steamy and awkward boat makeouts were caught by paparazzi, leading to some seriously hilarious Twitter roasts. We're not particularly into bullying, but let's be real. These two are not struggling in the least. They could probably use a lighthearted ribbing for their gratuitous PDA. And we're happy to see they've received it.  

Twitter roasts Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp for makeout photos in Capri on boat.
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Timothée Chalamet Roasted On Twitter For Awkward Makeout Photos

Actor Timothée Chalamet has been living his best life with co-star and girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp (yes, she's Johnny Depp's daughter) in Capri following the premier of their Netflix film The King. Unfortunately for the lovebirds, their steamy and awkward boat makeouts were caught by paparazzi, leading to some seriously hilarious Twitter roasts. We're not particularly into bullying, but let's be real. These two are not struggling in the least. They could probably use a lighthearted ribbing for their gratuitous PDA. And we're happy to see they've received it.  

Twitter roasts Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp for makeout photos in Capri on boat.
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