Foodie Friday: Fact or Fiction

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My General Manager once told me the story of the Caesar salad.  Back in the time of Caesar, salt was incredibly scarce.  Salty fish named anchovies were abundant though.  So to create the salty taste in the dressing they used the anchovies.  Even though we have plenty of salt today, we still use the anchovies to pay tribute to Caesar.

I told this story hundreds of times.  Guests loved hearing it.  It made something regal about the plain old Caesar salad.  The problem was that it was completely incorrect.  The Caesar salad was named after Caesar Cardini who invented it in his Mexican Restaurant in 1924. When I confronted my GM he laughed at the notion I ever believed the story in the first place.

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Pasta Name Origins

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Over the years I have worked at a few Italian restaurants.  This has left me with two distinct traits.  First, a burning desire to flee anytime I hear a Mario Lanza tune.  Second, is a tremendous amount of random facts about pasta.  During my short break between shifts, here are the translations for random noodle names.

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