Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Joel Katz

A pasta with cream and mushrooms is seen on a restaurant table (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

We all know our favorite foods, and we all know our least favorite foods. However, sometimes our favorite foods are ruined by people who do things to them that we don’t agree with. For example, I like mustard on a hot dog, but I also like to add ketchup, and some people are outraged, offended, and angry that people like me would do such a thing.

Most would agree that Italians know a thing or two about food, and they’ve chimed in on similar “food crimes.” Bonusfinder Italia surveyed 1400 local folks in Italy to find out which of these alleged crimes against Italian food irks them the most.

  • Putting Ketchup on Spaghetti

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 19: Organic labeled Ketchup is offered for sale at a grocery store on January 19, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Yesterday, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) announced that it would be strengthening its oversight and standards of products labeled "organic". (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Organic ketchup (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    This crime ranked as the most egregious, with 64.6% saying it was unacceptable for anyone to do such a thing. I tried to fool my kids with this one when I didn’t feel like heating up the gravy/sauce, and they weren’t happy about it.

  • Pineapple on Pizza

    A Hawaiian (ham and pineapple) pizza pictured in in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 10 June 2017. S. Panopoulos, who is credited with inventing the Hawaiian pizza died on 8 June 2017, aged 83, according to Candaian media reports. Photo: Angelika Warmuth/dpa (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

    Hawaiian pizza (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

    62% said putting pineapple on pizza ranked as the second-most awful food crime. I disagree with this one. I don’t seek it out, but if it’s served, I’ll eat it and don’t have a problem with it.

  • Soaking Pasta in Cold Water

    04 June 2022, Berlin: A man puts a lid on a pot of boiling water and spaghetti noodles. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images)

    A man puts a lid on a pot of boiling water and spaghetti noodles. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images)

    I’ve never heard of this, but some people will put pasta in cold water and then boil it rather than put it into water that’s already boiling. This is the third most disliked thing we do that Italians disagree with. Nearly 57% say it’s wrong.

  • Cutting Spaghetti with a Knife

    Italian supporters hold a banner reading "Stop cutting spaghetti grazie" ahead of the during the World Cup 2022 qualifier football match between Switzerland and Italy, on September 5, 2021 at St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Italian supporters hold a banner reading “Stop cutting spaghetti grazie” (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

    I can’t figure out why anyone would do this, but some do. I know the “swirl the fork into the spoon trick” which works well, but the idea of chopping up the pasta makes no sense.

  • Not Sharing Food

    Spaghetti alla bolognese with parmesan cheese is served in Bergamo, Lombardy region of Italy, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    Spaghetti alla bolognese with parmesan cheese (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


    Apparently, keeping food to yourself is also frowned upon by Sicilians. I don’t think I would do well with this one.

    A couple other things that they don’t care for are adding cream to carbonara (I’ve never done this), adding cheese to a seafood dish, or eating pizza with a knife and fork.

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