Ever wondered why a "prosciutto focaccia" costs almost twice as much as a ham sandwich when they're essentially the same thing? I'll tell you...because it's Italian!
This has nothing to do with Berlusconi giving the Italian economy an inflationary bunga bunga, but more the style and sophistication associated with the Italians and their cuisine. I mean something like "fagioli stufati e tostato" sounds a lot better than beans on toast and, as with the focaccia, would probably be twice the price of it's English-named counterpart.
|How angry is your butterfly?|
But what we English monoglots fail to pick up on is that Italian food is as descriptive as it is delicious. Order some farfalle pasta for example and you'd be asking for a plate of butterflies. Would you like your butterflies in a crushed, angry or charcoal burned style? Strange in English but perfectly acceptable as pesto, arrabiata or carbonara.