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  • It's not just for the Food Network. I discovered this the first week in Monte Mario, on the campus dinner outing.

    How little I knew about Italian food before I came here. My thoughts: Pasta all the time! Wrong! Okay right. But they only eat pasta as the FIRST course. Every Italian meal comes with about 4-5 courses. As follows:
    Antipasti- a dish of meats and cheese, usually a large and wet ball of fresh mozzarella and a scattering of salami and local prosciutto. But this is only the beginning, my friends.
    Pasta- Carbonara is what the locals rave about here in Roma: a cheesy white sauce tossed with thick prosciutto cut into tiny slivers. Another favorite is a spiral noodle with spicy red sauce. It varies by region really.
    Meat and Potatoes!- Which brings us to our photo of the hour. The star of a typical Italian meal, the meat and potatoes. Just look at it: The pork gleaming with oil, perfectly tender and spiced. The gravy awkwardly surrounding the soupy potatoes... Wait this doesn't sound that appealing.

    But it is. Oh it is. These potatoes were perfectly creamed. Not a lump was to be found. The flavor was that of onion and cream cheese. How you say? I dare not guess. But I can tell you that these were the single most magical potatoes I've ever eaten.

    Dessert almost seems weak in comparison.
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