Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis’ Weird Favorite Childhood Dish – That You Might Have To Try

The Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis more than knows her way around the kitchen. She is the queen of all things Italian on the network with wildly popular programs including Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, Giada Entertains, Giada in Italy, and Giada’s Weekend Getaways.

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Her culinary creations are basic, accessible recipes that are deliciously authentic. She drew her inspiration for these recipes, for her calling as a chef, from her thoroughly Italian upbringing and childhood.

Find out more about this, plus the really weird dish the celebrity chef loved as a child.

Her family’s huge Sunday dinners

De Laurentiis reminisced in 2016 with FirstWeFeast about the enormous family dinners her grandfather, film director Dino De Laurentiis, would host on Sundays.

“The way that I learned to connect with my grandfather was on a food level. I couldn’t get enough—of food, of the smells, of hanging out in the kitchen and asking questions. Sundays my grandfather would have the whole family over and we would have a big spread. And when I say a big spread, I mean it took hours to eat lunch. A lot of us kids would fall asleep at the table, it was so friggin’ long.”

Cooking with Grandpa Dino

The Everyday Italian host was very close to her grandfather and food was a big part of their lives.

“My first food memory is making margherita pizza with my grandfather and my very young siblings [when] I was 5,” De Laurentiis continued in her conversation with FirstWeFeast. “He would make the dough on a Sunday morning, let it rise, and by the late afternoon he would sit us all down at a counter in the kitchen, all his grandchildren, and just put out a bunch of toppings and let us do whatever we wanted with it.”

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“I watched as my grandfather made the first and the second before I dove in, unlike my siblings who just took everything and dumped it on. I was very meticulous. It solidified the fact that food is a lot of fun, and because it’s something you eat, there’s a payoff at the end.”

De Laurentiis’ odd favorite childhood dish

Food memories from childhood really do stay with us, and De Laurentiis is proof of that. Her memories and experiences in the kitchen with her family clearly cemented in her a love of food and understanding how to use food to express love.

She opened up to Bon Appétit in 2016 about the meal she loved most as a kid.

“Spaghetti with melted chocolate. Once in a blue moon, I’ll still have it. I made it for my daughter recently, but she didn’t like it. She thinks it’s slimy and gross. I guess it’s not for everyone?”

She also wants to be sure we all say ‘spaghetti’ correctly from now on.

“It’s a word that needs to be pronounced properly. For me, because I grew up with my family pronouncing Italian words well, it’s tough to hear the ones that are butchered, especially on the east coast: Ricotta, bruschetta, and mozzarella are nightmares, but in Sicily, that’s really how they pronounce them. Though hearing bru-sheh-tta when it’s bru-skeh-tta is pretty bad.”

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