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- Dec 5, 2006
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I'm not Italian, my wife and I lived in Italy for the past 3 years and genovese was one of her favorite traditional dishes we ate, I tried cooking it at home but it's stupid simple but stupid hard to replicate, it's a shit ton of onions cooked all day with some beef, the cooked down onions become a silky smooth sauce, served with pasta, then the beef was a second course, your dish looked tasty and legit I would eat, dont mind me just saying my experiencesthe celery/carrot thing got me into a small rabbit hole.
I just asked my mother if celery and carrots were traditional to genovese. She said she has no idea but if my grandmother saw me make genovese without them, there would have been “repercussions”.
we also eat it with paccheri but a quick google search tells me ziti is just as, if not more, traditionally “correct”. Ziti was stricken from our household by my mother, likely because of its association with the many terrible “baked zitis” there are out there.
isnt italian food wonderful? Ask 3 italians how to make a dish and get 3 different highly assertive and specific answers as to how a dish is to be made, otherwise it is not that dish.
the classic passive aggressive response is “it might be good, but if not made (insert highly specific variety of vegetables, cut, seasoning, cheese, etc) it is not “dish x””