To a large extent, human beings are very similar to many other creatures of the world. We eat, we find mates, and we seek comfort. What makes humans special is our ability to take common biological functions, raise them to the level of art, to savor exquisite experiences, and to enshrine them in memory- making our lives so much richer. Interestingly, the act of eating engages more of the nervous centers of the brain than any other activity- meaning eating is the single most stimulating thing we do. So it’s easy to see that by raising food preparation to the level of an art form we can add a significant amount of value to the experience of living.
Naturally, not all people at all points in history have had nearly the amount of food resources available to us today in the Western world. However, this has not prevented many cultures from developing extremely rich, diverse, and creative culinary traditions. In fact, most of the ethnic food cultures of the world were developed as a response to meager access to resources. Arguably, most if not all of the global food cultures that we enjoy in America today were developed by ordinary people getting by on modest means who figured out creative ways to make their food last a long time, go a long way, and still taste great.
Italian food is no different. As rich and varied as the history of the country, with its origins running deep into Rome’s ancestral history, people, politics, culture and social power- Italy’s food culture is equally unique. Italian cuisine has evolved and changed along with the history of Italy itself through centuries of war, cultural change and imports. It is a history that is as rich, colorful, and captivating as its long list of amazing recipes.
The Romans loved feasting. The banquet wasn’t just a time for social conviviality, but also an occasion where new dishes were debuted and enjoyed. The Empire embraced flavors and recipes from the many lands it conquered: spices from Mesopotamia, fish from the Mediterranean, and cereals from the plains of Africa. Imperial Rome was possibly one of the first true food-fusion hot spots in the world. The Romans, however, contrary to today, liked complex and intricate flavors. Their dishes required sophisticated preparation methods- and an equally sophisticated palate. Fish sauces, ostrich meat, and roasted game- all washed down with copious amounts of red wine, honey, and water- ever-present items on the table of Rome’s most affluent diners.
Today, this banquet food culture remains and is played out in the dining rooms and kitchens of every Italian family. No longer a preserve of the elites, fine and indulgent dining is a tradition that builds family bonds and serves as the foundation of a culture that continues to enchant the entire world.
There is a good chance you have never enjoyed genuine Italian dishes. Stop on in for dinner at L’amore Italian Restaurant to experience the taste of real Italian food.