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Italian Food Test

A recent survey from YouGov revealed that “You’re doing Italian food all wrong, say Italians.” In other words, people outside of Italy are eating and cooking Italian food in a way that is unacceptable to Italians.

Are you eating Italian food the “Italian way?” Or are you, in fact, perpetrating crimes against Italian food? For each of the following statements, indicate whether it is acceptable to you.

Question 1 of 19

Indicate whether the following choices are acceptable, neutral, or unacceptable to you:

Snapping dry spaghetti before boiling it


The IDRlabs Italian Dining Test (IDR-IDT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-IDT is based on the survey of YouGov on “food crimes” committed against Italian cuisine. The IDR-IDT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of food psychology, personality psychology, social psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs Italian Dining Test was informed by YouGov’s survey as published in YouGov (2021). YouGov-Italian food. Smith, M. (2022). You’re doing Italian food all wrong, say Italians. YouGov.

The survey of YouGov looked into how 19,911 adults in 17 countries and territories viewed certain dining and cooking behaviors concerning Italian cuisine. It has also informed the criteria of this Italian Dining Test. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Italian Dining Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Italian Dining Test is based on a famous and well-regarded survey on the apparent “food crimes” committed against Italian food. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your personality traits. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive evaluation can be made only by a qualified professional.

Italians see no problem with eating pizza for lunch, having Bolognese sauce with spaghetti, eating pizza with a fork rather than your hands, and having meatballs with spaghetti. A recent survey by YouGov showed that Italian cuisine is the world’s most popular. The factors that make Italian food popular include its quality, variety, taste, affordability, and health benefits. People from around the world enjoy consuming and preparing Italian cuisine; many of us have observed or learned the dos and don’ts of Italian dining.

Generally, Italians are divided regarding having risotto as an appetizer or side dish, putting oil in the water you are cooking your pasta in, snapping dry spaghetti before boiling it, and adding plain pasta to a plate or bowl and then adding the sauce afterward. Specifically, younger Italians are more likely than their older counterparts to say that having risotto as an appetizer or side dish and adding plain pasta to a plate or bowl and then adding the sauce afterward are acceptable. In comparison, older Italians are more likely than their younger counterparts to say that adding oil to the water when cooking pasta is okay.

According to the survey, most Italians are distressed by the idea of having ketchup with pasta. The second biggest violation is putting the pasta in cold water. The third worst thing is having pineapple on pizza, and the fourth is having pasta as a side dish. Certain practices are accepted in many countries, but they are frowned upon in Italy; these include rinsing cooked pasta under cold water, having cappuccino after an Italian meal, and eating pasta with garlic bread.

As the publishers of this free online Italian Dining test, which allows you to screen yourself for the characteristics of treating Italian cuisine “properly,” we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present Italian dining test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Italian Food Test

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Italian food test is delivered to you without the need for sign-ups or registration and will allow you to obtain your scores related to eating and preparing Italian food.

2. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.