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Angry Italians Call Out Offensive Attempts At Their Cuisine

Many food publications have come under fire recently for either completely bastardizing a culture's cuisine, or neglecting to correctly credit a dish's influence. While we've enjoyed all the drama surrounding Bon Appetit's various failings, the latest culprit of food crimes is none other than The New York Times. 

The publication stoked the ire of readers back in 2018 when they referred to Yorkshire Pudding, an English supper special, as a dessert. Their latest misstep? Publishing a recipe for a dish called "Smoky Tomato Carbonara."

For those of you who may not be versed in Italian cuisine, they take their recipes - and methodologies - very, very seriously. Carbonara is a pasta dish (usually using Spaghetti) that combines guanciale (pork jowl), black pepper, pecorino cheese and egg to create a wonderfully rich and savory treat. Unfortunately, especially stateside, many home and professional chefs bastardize this preparation either by using substitutions such as bacon for guanciale, or, even worse, adding cream to the sauce. While the dish does have a creaminess to it, the decadence comes from the last step of the cooking process, when a mixture of raw egg is added to the cooked pasta while off the heat. It cooks into a creamy coating when done correctly. Adding cream or milk isn't just a cop out, to many Italians it's a sin. 

If the addition of dairy or use of bacon is so offensive, it's no wonder this "smoky tomato" recipe has inspired such animosity. And Italians are not ones to mince words. One chef from Rome, the 'Carbonara King' Alessandro Pipero, told Corriere della Sera "It would be like putting salami in a cappuccino or mortadella in sushi. OK, fine, but then let's not call it sushi, similarly with this one – carbonara with tomato is not carbonara. It's something else." Other opponents chose to voice their disgust on Twitter - mostly in response to the tweet that was supposed to promote the controversial recipe. But the condemnation of bastardized Italian dishes on social media is nothing new. In fact, one of our favorite Twitter accounts is an impressive archive of heated, angry comments in response to images of ketchup-soiled pasta, or pizzas with pineapple on them. The account, Italians Mad At Food, has been pumping out the entertainment since 2015, and has amassed a pretty impressive following of 100k fans. If you're entertained by this kind of food criticism, you'll definitely enjoy the screenshots they so diligently upload. We've put together our favorites from the last month or so for your convenient enjoyment, but you can see more on Twitter as well as on their newer Instagram. The anger and scathing remarks really never get old.  

Funny comments on gross pizza and pasta from italians mad at food
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Twenty-Eight Italian Memes That Are Just Pici

If you read this title and you're rather confused, pici is a type of pasta, ancient in origin. These memes contain stereotypes galore, so if you're actually Italian, then we're sorry ahead of time. 

If for some reason you have a hankering to browse through the best Italian memes of 2017, well, it's your lucky day!

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Italian Has A Plethora Of Slang For Genitalia, According To This Amusing Tumblr Thread

If you want to learn Italian and you desire to be able to converse with the young people, you better start practicing up on your slang words for vagina, because let us tell you - there are a LOT of them. Like, more than we can even count, and they're all dependent on the region according to this ridiculous Tumblr thread. Good luck.

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'Michelangelo' Twitter Meme Highlights How Unsuccessful We All Are

If you were in the mood to feel exceptionally bad about yourself today, then just scroll through these parody Twitter memes which point out the fact that many famous people were exceptionally young when they created brilliant works of art. Well, at least we can all come together over feeling worthless now, right? That's gotta be worth something.

Funny parody tweets about how Michelangelo was only 24 years when he constructed the Pieta sculpture
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Timothée Chalamet Roasted On Twitter For Awkward Makeout Photos

Actor Timothée Chalamet has been living his best life with co-star and girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp (yes, she's Johnny Depp's daughter) in Capri following the premier of their Netflix film The King. Unfortunately for the lovebirds, their steamy and awkward boat makeouts were caught by paparazzi, leading to some seriously hilarious Twitter roasts. We're not particularly into bullying, but let's be real. These two are not struggling in the least. They could probably use a lighthearted ribbing for their gratuitous PDA. And we're happy to see they've received it.  

Twitter roasts Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp for makeout photos in Capri on boat.
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33 Funny Memes To Help You Pretend Everything Is Okay (When It's Really Not)

We all have moments where if we give into our demons we'll completely crack. Sometimes you need to avoid reality. Fake it 'til you make it. Put on a happy face. These amusing memes should help you do just that. 

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33 Hilarious Memes That Double As History Lessons

If someone ever tries to tell you that memes will rot your brain, send them this whopping collection of highly educational history memes.

Funny history memes, poland, europe, united states, war, world war II, england, france, italy, language, genocide, china, mao, nasa, africa, colonialism.
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Obi-Wan Goes Global In These Super Silly Star Wars Memes

Where in the world is Obi-Wan Kenobi? Why, he's everywhere. These silly Star Wars shitposts are chock full of stupid puns and silly stereotypes - just the way we like 'em. 

Funny obi-wan kenobi memes from around the world, italy, mexico, ireland, germany.
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2017 In Review: The 20 Best Italian Memes This Year

March had us talking with our hands and singing "That's Amore" after Italian-inspired memes saw a huge surge in popularity. The memes playfully mock Italian hand gestures and other stereotypes - many involving Italian food. Here were our top contenders of the year. 

Funny Italian hand gesture memes.
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