Anti social food in Italy

It is said that what is food for someone can be is to other bitter poison.

Every Country has its own culinary tradition and it’s sure that some foods can be considered unacceptable in some places: it’s a question of taste and culture, and I do not judge nether one nor the other.

Personally, I just think that in Italian Cuisine there are some anti-social foods, that can be considered more than weird and should not be offered at a dinner party, unless everyone is aware of the menu before accepting the invitation.

This is my list:


Escargot (snail). Even if they are considered a rely (even for Franch) I can hardly imagine how if  not starving a person can eat snails (which I’m not sure but are in my imagination a midway between insects and rectiles).

I have to face that many people go crazy for this plate: maybe I’m limited, but the only smell revolt me!


As said before, I’m an Oyster lover… I find them outragiosly delicious, but I’m aware that many find very hard to swallow a living animal. This reminds me what Woody Allen said: “I do not eat oysters: I want my food to be dead, not sick, not wounded”


I dislike garlic. People believe that garlic is everywhere in Italian food… This is totally a misbelief… In my Region there is have a special Sauce called “bagna cauda” that is basically prepared with 10 garlic cloves for each serving. I cannot bear it, it’s that kind of stuff you can eat  only once a year and surely on Fridays, as it’s better not to have any social or working commitment for at least 2 days.


Eel fish. Psychologically it’s hard to face any food that looks like a snake, technically impossible to me to handle, clean, cut, prepare anything that has this resemblance.


Pigeons and small poultry. Having a little birdie on the plate.. Can’t imagine anything more  horrible.

These are just a few foodies I have in mind… And I limited myself to Italian food, as it’s hard to judge other cultures and habits and I really do not want to… And what foodies do you consider anti social?

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