On my way to the airport, with my one-way ticket to Rome in hand, I insisted on stopping for a burrito. I dutifully carried my prize through security, mini cups of salsa verde and all.
Growing up in Southern California, great Mexican food has always been a part of my diet. As much as I love Italian cooking, I’ve been jonesing for some south of the border flavor. I finally broke down and bought “Mexican Salsa,” at the Italian supermarket.
What I wanted:
The ingredients were: Tomato, peppers, onion, sugar, salt and “spices.” Great! But here’s what I got:
Ketchup. And the “spices?” CINNAMON. Wtf? Cinnamon?? In salsa? I’m sorry Italy, but you lose this round. Cinnamon?!
Mexican food: You’re doing it wrong.
Update 2016: It only took 6 years, but Rome finally got a decent Mexican bar.