Published: 5/13/2018
It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is a favorite amongst individuals of all ages. In fact, it’s estimated that 67% of the U.S. population, ages 25 – 54 enjoy a delicious Italian meal at least once a month. This doesn’t come as a surprise to most! With all the delicious entrée choices to pick from, rich flavors, and indulging ingredients, how could you not love Italian food? But despite what many may think, Italian dishes were not always considered a popular choice amongst Americans.
It wasn’t until the late 19th century when a wave of Italian migrants made way to the U.S., bringing their long-time family recipes and traditions from many different regions with them, that Americans began taking notice.
Because early Italian immigrants had limited access to high-quality olive oil and other ingredients crucial to fine Italian cooking, they were forced to get creative and build from their traditional recipes with what was available to them. In fact, one of the earliest Italian dishes to gain attention, formally known as au gratin, was macaroni and cheese. That’s right! Who would think that an entrée so simple, yet so adored by children and adults of all ages would put Italian cuisine on its rise to popularity in America.
For most of the 20th century, much of the Italian food served in restaurants came from southern Italy; dishes made heavily with olive oil, pastas with red sauces and meatballs, and pizza. By the 1940’s, President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs was well underway with what would become the most excited project yet, the Works Progress Administration. Responsible for creating a project on restaurants in New York City, making Italian restaurants viewed as “interesting, sometimes cheap, but always exciting places to eat.” As such, Italian food was becoming the popular choice!
Over time, Italian food claimed it’s current reputation as an essential in many Americans home and hearts. However, in todays world, Italian cuisine tends to be so Americanized that it can be stripped of its cultural roots, and true Italian flavors that so many love. Not to mention the common misconception believed to be true by many Americans, that Italian food is fattening.
At Positalia, it is our passion to serve our customers based on the true Italian values of fresh food, family and friends. Using only the finest wholesome ingredients, and true Sicilian recipes loaded with nutrition and protein, it is our goal to transform the idea that Italian cuisine must be unhealthy.
More than just a casual restaurant serving your family a delicious meal, Positalia and its team work hard every day to support a complete healthy and active lifestyle for all of our guests. Accompanied by a menu packed full of delicious and fresh recipes inspired by Sicilian chef Nina Psarros, Positalia also offers a generous selection of salads, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, kids meals, and desserts. To make it even better, we’re excited to announce that coming soon all of our homemade sauces and dressings will be available for purchase at our restaurant.
So, what are you waiting for? Tutti a tavola a mangiare! (Come to the table and eat!)