Originally Posted by Arnout
I think pasta is absolutely great. Cheap, easy and quick, and with different flavors it can be different every time. If it only takes ~15 minutes to prepare, I don't care if I have to do it every day.
And in my time in Italy, I indeed learned that the best way is the simple way. You guys just add one or two ingredients and off you go, while in the Netherlands you have to absolutely stuff your pizza or pasta with literally everything before it is taken seriously.
I also think pasta tastes great. It's simply not the best food from a nutritional point of view. I try to vary a lot in the carbs department.
As for the stuffing: in my travelling experience, I came to the conclusion that people outside of Italy exaggerates with toppings simply because the pizza or the pasta themselves are not good enough.
In Napoli there are still places where you can order only two pizzas: Marinara (tomato sauce, garlic, origano) and Margherita (mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil). Because the dough is so yummy and fulfilling that you don't need much else. Sure if the dough is bland and the tomato sauce is sour (which happens so many times abroad and I really have no idea why), you need a million ingredients to cover the **** flavour and make it edible.
Same goes for the pasta. Aglio, olio e peperoncino (garlic, oil and chillies) is probably my favorite pasta ever.
Oh and please no Fettuccine Alfredo