Looking for a way to piss off the people of Amatrice, Italy? Tell them how to make their own pasta. The town recently ragged on Milan chef Carlo Cracco for revealing his amatriciana includes a hint of sautéed garlic on a TV show. As you might've gathered from that dish's name, it was invented in Amatrice, and its creators are not pleased with Cracco for messing up their original recipe.
Mayor Piergiuseppe Monteforte (respect for that name) insists there are only six ingredients in legit amatriciana: guanciale, white wine, pecorino cheese, pepper, chili, and tomatoes from San Marzano. Garlic is apparently a serious offense -- so much so that Cracco has already apologized and insists that it was a joke he was pulling for the viewers at home. Only time will tell if Piergiuseppe removes Cracco from his hit list, but just to be safe, better keep your Ragu-infused originals off the international airwaves.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and enjoys pasta sauce in several forms. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.
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