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Australia, I Love You, But Italians Want To Know WTF Is Going On With Your Parmigianas?!

It's nothing like the Italian version.

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Hello there! I'm Anna, I'm Italian, and I've been a self-proclaimed parmigiana connoisseur since birth.

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Yep, that's two-year-old me devouring a parmigiana.

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.

That's my grandma Anna, Mother of Parmigianas, preparing another ginormous portion of the dish.
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That's my grandma Anna, Mother of Parmigianas, preparing another ginormous portion of the dish.

Or, well, I thought I did, until I came to Australia and realised... Aussie parmigianas are a THING.

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Except, they're nothing like Italian parmigianas.

Chicken...?
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Chicken...?

You see, Italian parmigianas are made with fried sliced eggplant, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.

I'm drooling already.
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I'm drooling already.

In Australia, a parmigiana (or parmie) is a piece of crumbed and fried chicken breast, topped with a tomato sauce and cheese.

I KNOW, RIGHT?!
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I KNOW, RIGHT?!

In order to become a full parmigiana expert, I decided to try some Australian ones, too.

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I was all kinds of suspicious.

For my first, I went for an all-classic, sauce and cheese parmie.

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The stakes were high.

And... it wasn't my favourite.

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The chicken wasn't very well-seasoned, and the crumbing wasn't very crispy. The toppings didn't really stick to the actual chicken. So... not really my thing.

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.

This parmie even told jokes.
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This parmie even told jokes.

Surprise surprise, this baby came with ham!

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This parmie was stepping up the game.

And... It wasn't too bad!

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The sauce wasn't overly seasoned, and I think they used actual mozzarella as a topping?! This parmie was a keeper. I actually finished it.

As I ordered my third parmigiana of the week, I started to feel like I was actually betraying my home country...

This one even had a garlic sauce on the top. Do not order it on a date.
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This one even had a garlic sauce on the top. Do not order it on a date.

But IT TASTED SO GOOD.

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This parmie had taken it upon herself to prove my first impressions were wrong.

If there's anything I learned from this experience, it's that weird, Italian-inspired food combinations can actually be tasty.

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Who knows, maybe I'll even try Hawaiian pizza one day.

Just... don't call them "traditional Italian dishes".

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