At some level we all knew that. But now it seems there are statistics to prove it. Kimberly Clark has a restaurant and hotel division and they commissioned a survey of 5,5000 people in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Holland and Germany to find out about European food attitudes. 89 percent of Italians basically voted for mom’s home cooking. Italian’s favorite food is Italian.
We actually did know that too. Over the years we have tried to broaden various Italian friends’ culinary horizons. We’re over that now. Once tried to treat a gang of friends visiting from Cortona to a classic Mexican junk food feast here in Yarmouth and we got sad and confused “why, oh why, did you run over my puppy and try to feed it to me” looks the whole night.
But it turns out Italians aren´t the only Europeans who think Italian food is the best. 42 percent of everyone questioned said Italian food was their favorite. Then Chinese. Chinese? That was a European choice? Let me see that questionnaire. Was it a write in vote? Then came French food next in the pecking order. Poor Spaniards. It appears they like Spanish food just fine. But they seem to be the only ones. Brits and Germans travel in hordes to Spain but only one percent of the people from those two countries say Spanish food is their food of choice. Hey! I got a question over here. Why go where you can’t eat the food? Just do like right thinking folks do and go to Italy in the first place. More pasta anyone?
See you in Italy,