Actor Zach Braff and the history of Italian American food

Jun 12, 2018 220


On the latest episode of my podcast,”Your Last Meal” actor and filmmaker Zach Braff lets his native New Jersey shine through by proclaiming his love for chicken parm. “Chicken parm is my favorite thing in the world, I could eat chicken parm every single day,” Braff said. “It’s just so good, I want to have it every day. My mouth is watering and it’s breakfast time here.”

But if you go to Italy, you’re not going to find chicken parmesan. It’s strictly an Italian-American dish created by southern Italian immigrants to please American palates. Americans love big portions of meat and all things fried and sweet, which is why Chinese immigrant restaurateurs came up with General Tso’s chicken, a strictly Chinese American dish.

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