Hello there! I'm Anna, I'm Italian, and I've been a self-proclaimed parmigiana connoisseur since birth.
Back in Italy, my nonna makes the absolute best parmigiana. It's a must for Sunday lunch, so I would say I know a thing or two about them.
Or, well, I thought I did, until I came to Australia and realised... Aussie parmigianas are a THING.
Except, they're nothing like Italian parmigianas.
You see, Italian parmigianas are made with fried sliced eggplant, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.
In Australia, a parmigiana (or parmie) is a piece of crumbed and fried chicken breast, topped with a tomato sauce and cheese.
In order to become a full parmigiana expert, I decided to try some Australian ones, too.
For my first, I went for an all-classic, sauce and cheese parmie.
And... it wasn't my favourite.
I wasn't too impressed after my first parmie, but I knew I had to give it another chance. So, off I went to the next pub.
Surprise surprise, this baby came with ham!
And... It wasn't too bad!
As I ordered my third parmigiana of the week, I started to feel like I was actually betraying my home country...
But IT TASTED SO GOOD.
If there's anything I learned from this experience, it's that weird, Italian-inspired food combinations can actually be tasty.
Just... don't call them "traditional Italian dishes".
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