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Authentically EATalian Restaurants Weekend takes place this weekend -- Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28 -- and features 12 popular Miami restaurants.

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce wants to introduce Americans to the true Mediterranean diet, considered by experts to be one of the most heart-healthy, by teaching them about real Italian cuisine -- "real" as in the way food is prepared and eaten in Italy.

Participating restaurants include Quattro, Pelican, Salumeria 104, Toscana Divino, Pepe Nero, Tiramesu, Piccola Cucina, and Caffè Milano. Chefs will create a three-course $39 prix fixe menu featuring fresh and natural ingredients and recipes that focus on the true Mediterranean way of eating.

When you're spooning some creamy, cheesy, calorie-laden pasta out of a bowl and into your eager mouth, you are not eating authentic Italian food, but a bastardized version of Italian cuisine. Italians munch on plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; plus they use herbs and spices instead of salt, eat more fish and chicken than beef, and drink red wine in moderation. The concept of Authentically EATalian is to educate Americans about the difference between Italian-sounding dishes, such as fettuccine Alfredo (not an Italian dish) and real Italian food.

Chef Angelo Massarin of Salumeria 104 in midtown is excited to demonstrate how healthful the Mediterranean diet really is for those who are unfamiliar with it. "I'm looking forward to offering a delicious, seasonal menu that is fresh and authentically Italian, like the organic tuscan farretto and kamut spaghetti alla bottarga."

Tiramesu's Chef Fabrizio, nominated by Eater Miami as one of Miami's hottest chefs, thinks it's important for people to understand that real Italian food is not heavy from being smothered in cheesy, creamy sauces, but instead light and fresh. "When eating true Italian, the body recognizes and appreciates it. I'll be using fresh, natural ingredients and a light touch, representing the authentic Italian dining experience."

To view menus and for more information, visit iacc-miami.com.

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