In search of authentic pasta, pizza

Posted on joongangdaily.joins.com

People who travel to other countries often return home pining for the same dishes and flavors they savored abroad.

That’s especially true for visitors who trek to Italy, which offers up some of the most popular and widespread cuisine in the world. Think about it: Where can’t you get a slice of pizza, after all?

As more Koreans venture to Italy for vacations, it goes without saying that an increasing number are developing a hankering for Italian food as well.

“Many Koreans are now visiting Italy, and when they come back to Korea they have a much better understanding of the Mediterranean diet,” said Rudolfo Patella, the owner of the Italian restaurant Antonio in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.

In fact, Italian food is in some ways similar to Korean cuisine. Dishes from southern Italy are quite spicy, which is also a trait of Korean food, and people from both countries love seafood.

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