are people just super used to putting meat in their tomato sauce? we only do that on special occasions
in my family yeah, we almost always do. if it doesn’t have meat n we make it real quick we call it marinara. back in the day gravy used to be a sunday thing and we’d make a huge pot of it/eat it as leftovers throughout the week. usually with some combination of pork, beef, sausage, and meatballs. and in napoli me n my roommates would cook meat in ragu if we didn’t have anything else to cook it with. anything! even chicken and turkey.
omg wtf is my family still living in poverty mode or something?? we only put meat in when it’s a holiday or someone’s visiting or my mom just feels like being fancy. i feel so cheated.
boh?? lol. idk they talked about this a little on that anthony bourdain in napoli episode. italian americans went crazy w/ the meat when we got to la merika apparently. also back in the day city health inspectors would tell italians they didnt use enough meat in their food n i think that affected whether or not the state would give them welfare benefits. so idk!
The relative prosperity in America meant that Italian immigrants could eat more meat, cheese, etc. and didn’t have to rely on filler like pasta, polenta, rice, etc….
That’s the mistake a lot of people make when they say how Italian American food isn’t “real” Italian. Pretty much everything that we eat is found in traditional Italian cooking… we just emphasize the ingredients differently.