There are many prejudices about typical American dishes. Often associated with this country only the Mc Donald’s sandwich with chips, the classic pintoni of coffee with donut (donut with sugared icing) at breakfast and the countless sauces. In reality it is not so, as each state has its typical dish, for example the buffalo meat in Montana, the lobster roll in Maine, the delicious chicken fried sticks in Wyoming, the jambalaja or the gumbo of New Orleans. In short, in every state you go, typical food that you find.
In my travels on the road, often the only time we truly taste American dishes is for dinner. Lunches are always “fast and packed”, a $3 hot dog at Pier 39 in San Francisco accompanied by Thrish’s mini donut bucket; a sandwich sandwiched by Burger King; a cappuccino with a snack from Starbuck’s, a grocery store in the country … in short, we will indulge in lunch with what we find around but at dinner we go looking for places that characterize the country or the city in which we are guests.
On the last trip overseas, in Seattle, we came across the Seattle Crab Pot by chance. This restaurant serves an unusual dish the Sea feast: “la pentolaccia”.
When this is ordered, (there are several types) at the table is brought a pot full of mixed fish: crab claws, prawns, corn, squid, sausage, jacked potatoes all steamed or battered. The contents are overturned directly on the table and each diner, with his gavel, can split the shells and eat. The waste is either thrown on the ground or in the bowl that the waiter has placed next to the table legs.
In Boston, Massachussets, we had the opportunity to taste Mike’s Pastry cannoli. In this shop at the beginning of the Italian district there are the best Italian-American cannoli. Even the fillings are of varied type: white chocolate, fondant, gianduia, strawberry, lemon, lime, cappuccino, ricotta and so on and so forth.
The packaging of the take-out box is very special, on the ceiling hangings of twine are hung and as soon as the cannoli are packed in the cardboard box, the clerks, in a few seconds and with extraordinary agility, pass the string around the box to create a real gift package.
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Speaking of the Italian neighborhood, it occurred to me, a restaurant found by chance at the Presidio of San Francisco: the Delarosa Restaurant. Here we ate the best “Italian” pizza in the whole country. It is known that American pizza is always very seasoned, thick, and with a varied number of ingredients.
Here the pizzas are delicious and are served on double raised trays, the ingredients are genuine and the pasta is very soft like ours. I later discovered that this Roman-style restaurant, and therefore Italian, is one of the city’s most renowned restaurants. It should also be added that the wines served come from the Napa Valley (California) or are imported from Italy, and the beers are crafts made, that is, made directly from the spot.
Surely for those traveling on the road, stopping on Route 66 is priceless. As is well known, this once very busy road crosses the country from east to west, to be precise, it connects the city of Chicago with Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles.
An itinerary of over 3000 km that crosses the whole country. For our convenience, we stayed in the small town of Williams, Arizona. Since we arrived at our motel quite late in the evening, we asked the owner to show us a possible place for a quick dinner and she told us about the Cruisers Café 66.
As soon as we reached the place, we immediately immersed ourselves in the typical American atmosphere of the 50s. Old plates hung on the walls, car doors used as bathroom doors, jukebox, symbols of Route 66, an old petrol pump, old distributors of the coke, even a gift shop, colored benches, and the real American menu. In short, it seemed to be in Happy Days! The weather was really what we expected but above all we could really eat like any American commands with real typical American dishes: ribs with ribs and chips, various sandwiches, but above all live music!