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Old 08-12-2019, 09:46 PM
araminty is offline
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Location: Santa Clara, CA
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So I think the difference, broadly speaking, is a north-south divide. Southern Italian and Sicilian families are more likely to make lasagne with ricotta, and were also more likely to immigrate to the USA. Northern Italians favour the besciamella style, and made up a greater proportion of European migrants to the UK and Australia. (Similarly, the earlier wave of Italian migration to the US happened before the invention of the espresso machine, so these families opened diners and served drip coffee. The later immigrants took their taste for espresso with them, and the delightful cafe culture of Melbourne is the result.)

I have served my besciamella bolognese lasagne to lots of Americans, many of whom have never tried it before, to great acclaim.