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How distinctly American is takeout/delivery?


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How distinctly American is takeout/delivery?

tatamagouche | Apr 29, 2009 04:26 PM

To those of you who do live/have lived in other countries: I was thinking about all the bad Thai I've ordered recently, and then it occurred to me that, takeout/delivery seems to center on Americanized versions of dishes, be it pizza, Chinese, or whatever.

For instance, when I think of eating Chinese in, I think of Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway in bed digging in to moo choppy gumshoe or whatever in Manhattan (see also this thread: No one's ordering in, I dunno, tripe and jellyfish. As for pizza, if I'm ordering it in, I'm not likely to be getting a pie topped with zucchini blossoms and fresh mozzarella.

So, pardon me for sounding ignorant, but the longest I've lived outside of the States was in Italy for six weeks, and we were doing the trattoria thing on the lira (man I miss the lira) every night of other countries have a takeout *culture* the way we do? And does anyone else notice a correlation here in the US between takeout/delivery and the type of dish ordered? (BTW, I don't think it's just a matter of only ordering what will travel well—plenty of simple un-Americanized dishes that could fill the bill but don't. But maybe others disagree on this point?)

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