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Italy: put down the Parmesan
Italy: put down the Parmesan

In Australia, it’s customary for waiters to offer to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on your Italian dishes. In Italy, it’s not. In fact, it’s considered downright rude to ask for it, especially if you’re eating pizza. That’s because the cheese is seen as incompatible with pizza, much the way you might think ketchup shouldn’t go on salmon. That said, if a waiter does offer you extra cheese on a dish, it’s perfectly fine to accept it.

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