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Americanized • crust • region by region
main dish • complicated
  1. Most people eat their salad before the .
  2. Most fast food restaurants have been .
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  4. Food varies .
  5. The process of making cheese is not that .
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1012 Deliciously Italian

Yuri talks about Italian food, how it is a little different around the world, and his favorite cuisine.

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imageSo basically the Italian food in America has been Americanized.

When something that came from a foreign country becomes more American in style, to suit local American tastes, it is described as "americanized".
Study the following examples:

  1. A lot of music around the world has been Americanized to sound like hip-hop music.
  2. Their kids used to be very formal but now they are very Americanized.


imageSo is the crust thicker or thinner?

Crust is the bread-like part of a pizza made from flour. Crust is also the hard part around the edges of bread. See the two examples below:

  1. When I was a kid, I used to take the crust off the edges of my bread.
  2. I like to eat pizza with a very thick crust.

region by region

imageAlso in Italy you can really change food region by region.

A region is a large area. It is often used to describe part of a country. “Region by region” refers to the many different areas within one country. Notice the following examples:

  1. I noticed that in each region, people spoke with a different accent.
  2. Region by region, the weather is different. The north is cold and the south is hot.

main dish

imageThat’s the main dish.

A main dish is the biggest part of a meal or dinner. See the following examples:

  1. What would you like to have for the main dish?
  2. After the main dish, I like to drink coffee.

that’s complicated

imageThat’s complicated because I’m from North Italy.

When something is complicated it is not simple. It has many parts that are confusing to understand clearly. Study the two examples below:

  1. Learning a language is very complicated.
  2. When we first started dating everything was easy, but now it’s so complicated.