I just read this article in CNN "Eating chilies cuts risk of death from heart attack and stroke, study says" and when I read this line:
Carried out in Italy, where chili is a common ingredient, the study compared the risk of death among 23,000 people, some of whom ate chili and some of whom didn't.
I've seen that some Italian dishes call for the addition of dried chili flakes, but a common ingredient? I'm married to a Malay - chili peppers are a common ingredient. It seems as common as salt.
Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong types of chili peppers. We always have a supply of Thai chilies around, but no pepperoncinis. So what have I missed in Italian cooking where chilies are a common ingredient?
Or is what we have here in America as Italian cooking just isn't the real deal?