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"Red sauce" Italian restaurants - what does it mean

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"Red sauce" Italian restaurants - what does it mean

Brit on a Trip | Apr 27, 2007 03:07 PM

I often see this description of Italian restaurants on the boards I've been searching. It's usually being used in a derogatory way (for instance I was warned against NYC's Little Italy as the restaurants are all "red sauce".)

But can you explain to this Brit what it refers to; what it means and how a "red sauce" place is different from other types.

It's not a term we have the UK. For us an Italian is an Italian is an Italian (although we might distinuish between northern and southern cuisine).

TIA

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