Italian food. Which images popped into your head? Chances are you thought of cheese laden pizzas and tangy tomato-based pasta dishes. Somehow, for some reason, pizzas and pasta have become synonymous with Italian cuisine. Don’t believe me? Just check menus from Pizza Express, Prezzo and Ask, which are very popular Italian chains in the UK. Pizza, pasta and risotto reign and a few non-carb items are added as a mere afterthought.
Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty to love about these type of dishes but there is only so much of the stuff you can eat in a lifetime before questioning whether there is something different out there to eat. As someone who is gluten-averse and jumped on the Atkins bandwagon years ago, my heart sinks when I’m in a party and someone suggests to go to an Italian restaurant. A salad it is then. If I’m lucky.