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[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 10:31:55 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I'd much rather go to a mom-and-pop Italian restaurant...but in central Indiana, those are few and far between.



[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 10:49:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Olive Garden and other chains do well in places like NYC because they attract tourists.

Tourists don't know how to seek out the good places to eat (in *any* style of cuisine) so they simply eat the brands they already know.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 10:58:50 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Screw that...if I'm in NYC, I'm going to go hit Little Italy.



[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 11:27:37 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Or they have people like Melvin in tow, where finding a decent restaurant is more an exercize in dart-throwing and dumb luck than anything else, so you stick with what you know will work.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 12:42:20 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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and I know how to make sauce.


Real Italians do ***not*** put "sauce" on their macaroni.
It's called *****gravy*****.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 12:48:14 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Tourists don't know how to seek out the good places to eat (in *any*

style of cuisine) so they simply eat the brands they already know.



That's easy - just follow the locals. Eat where *they* eat. And if still in doubt, and in Brooklyn, look for the mob guys and ask one where the good "real" Italian food can be had. Seriously. And for the record, that *used* to work in South Philly quite well. Of course, these days there's not much of La Familia left down there... :(

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 13:43:27 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Real Italians do ***not*** put "sauce" on their macaroni.

I yant Italian, capire?

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 13:51:33 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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2014-09-02 13:43 from zooer @uncnsrd
Real Italians do ***not*** put "sauce" on their macaroni.

I yant Italian, capire?


Stronz'!

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 14:17:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Reguressus ad lingua matris!

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 14:18:16 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Er, regressus ad lingua matris. "Reguressus"?

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 20:15:49 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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I'm glad I don't have such good taste as some of y'all. I can eat just about anywhere and enjoy myself, and I've never once been tempted to write a pages-long screed about the proper way to cook something.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 21:29:20 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I really don't care either. I love to cook, but I don't like recipes. OG doesn't bother me because I know what
I am getting into, I would rather have "real" Italian food, but I know what OG is and my expectations are not
high.



Pizza however has to be deep dish Chicago style.......


(runs)

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 22:18:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I won't refuse to eat at an Olive Garden ... it just isn't real Italian food.
It's basically frozen dinners served at a table.

<< IGnores the troll >>

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 22:18:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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<< changes mind, shoots the troll >>

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 00:45:50 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Olive Garden is ok as a 'corporate chain restaurant' can ever be.
It is just *not* an Italian joint. Ever.

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 09:10:20 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Plegh. Olive Garden, frankly, sucks.

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 09:50:27 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Yes but the way the wait staff mixes the herbs and the oil for your bread sticks is sooooooo....

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 10:15:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Very classy hydrogenated soybean oil.  Beats the pants off that crappy olive oil any day of the week.



[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 14:49:20 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The nearby Olive Garden provided me with the fond memory of the fish-wine I tried one evening.

Kind of a first for me. So far, a last as well.

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 15:43:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Plegh. Olive Garden, frankly, sucks.

But if I remember correctly, you seemed to enjoy Buca di Beppo.

We're getting one of those soon and I'm wondering whether I should bother to try it.

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