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Zagat voters love Italian food

by Richard Gorelick

The Baltimore Sun

10:53 AM EST, January 30, 2013

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Zagat released on Wednesday its first-ever survey of Italian food, the favorite cuisine of Zagat voters. According to the survey, 31 percent of Zagat voters report eating Italian food three or more times per week.  

The survey was conducted online Jan. 16-25, and the results are from voters who report eating Italian food.

Zagat voters say that their favorite pasta sauce is Bolognese, followed by marinara and arrabbiata, and their favorite pasta is pappardelle. Pappardelle? I didn't realize it had such a following. I'm thinking the survey provided voters with a list of pastas, rather than ask them to write in their favorite pastas.

Voters favorite Italian comfort food is pizza, followed by lasagna and pasta Bolognese, and their favorite cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano.

When asked how important it was for restaurants to use authentic/imported ingredients, a full 37 percent of voters said it was extremely important, and 79 percent said they typically avoid ordering dishes they can make at home.

The top favorite Italian restaurants in the Baltimore-Annapolis area in the most recent Zagat survey were DiPasquale's, Aldo's, Scossa in Easton, Osteria 177 in Annapolis and Ava's Pizzeria and Wine Bar in St. Michaels.

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