American tourist sparks fury after saying US restaurant does pasta ‘better than Italy’

An American tourist was ridiculed online for saying he could get better pasta at home than in Italy.

Italian cuisine is among the most popular in the world, with pizza and pasta among the most popular dishes.

The tourist said that the pasta at Olive Garden was better than the food in Italy


The tourist said that the pasta at Olive Garden was better than the food in ItalyCredit: Alamy

However, one tourist wasn’t impressed with what he sampled on a recent visit to Europe, insisting American Italian grocery chain Olive Garden made better pasta than anyone in Italy.

They aired their unpopular opinions on Reddit, where angry people told them they were just plain wrong.

They wrote, “The Olive Garden Alfredo was better than any Alfredo I had during my visit to Italy.”

“I spent two weeks in Italy from Milan, Florence, Venice and Rome. I’ve tried alfredo at every level, from street pasta in Venice to the original alfredo restaurant in Rome where it was created.

“Nothing came close to the Alfredo I get at my local olive garden here in Southern California.”

No one agreed with this opinion, and many pointed out that alfredo sauce was not popular outside of America.

One person claimed that any restaurant serving it in Italy is likely just a “tourist trap” offering inauthentic food.

They wrote, “Every restaurant in Italy that served alfredo was a tourist trap aimed at travelers who expected the dishes they saw at home rather than the food actually eaten in Italy.”

“I’m not the least bit surprised that it was inferior to what you find in America, even Olive Garden.”

“Unfortunately there was a lot of great local Italian food that has been neglected in favor of a touch of home. The food in these four cities is absolutely phenomenal if you eat the dishes from this area.”

An angry Italian said: “You come to my country and you order an Italian-American dish?? What do you expect? Get out of Italy.”

A third compared it to visiting other countries and expected it to taste like American fast food there.

They wrote, “Next stop: Mexico to compare Taco Bell to authentic Mexican cuisine.”

It’s not the first time American tourists have caused confusion with their food opinions.

Last year, eyebrows were raised when they praised the food offerings of British supermarkets after their trip to the UK.

He wrote: “Tesco, Sainsbury etc food deals. You can get a sandwich, a snack and a drink for £3 or £4 almost anywhere.”

“For us there are many vegetarian/fish options. There’s nothing quite like it in NYC unless you consider a single slice of cheese pizza to be an adequate lunch. We fed on it on our tours.”

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Meanwhile, this American flew 3,300 miles just to visit a British Wetherspoons.

And another American tourist in the UK went viral when he made an embarrassing mistake.

The tourist wasn't impressed with the food he tried in Italy (stock image)


The tourist wasn’t impressed with the food he tried in Italy (stock image)Credit: Alamy

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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