Have you ever wondered why the same dish tastes different depending on which region you eat it in? It turns out that culture, geography, and even language can all play a role in how food is made and how it tastes. Maha Restaurant’s food, while inspired by the Mediterranean/Middle East region, has its own unique spin and thus slightly differs from the cuisine you’d find in the Middle East Mediterranean, for example.

Let’s take a look at a few popular dishes to see how they differ depending on where they are made.


When it comes to pizza, there are many variations across the world. In the United States, pizza is typically made with thick crust and loaded with toppings like pepperoni and cheese. But in Italy, the traditional Neapolitan pizza has a thin crust and usually only has two or three topping options like tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, anchovies, garlic or onions. Another Italian variation is Roman-style pizza, which is characterised by its very thick crust and square shape.


Another popular dish that varies from region to region is pasta. In Italy, for example, pasta dishes tend to be simple with only a handful of ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and herbs. In America, however, pasta dishes can be more complex with several additional ingredients such as cream sauces or meatballs. Additionally, Italian pastas are often served al dente (or slightly undercooked) while American pasta dishes tend to be cooked until softer.


Sushi is another popular dish that differs greatly depending on where it’s prepared. In Japan for example, sushi tends to be quite simple, with just one type of fish or vegetable per slice of rice. Japanese sushi chefs also take great care when selecting their ingredients – often opting for top-grade fish – while also focusing heavily on presentation techniques like shaping each piece into perfect little rectangles or circles before serving them to guests.

On the other hand, American sushi chefs often add more ingredients and focus less on presentation than their Japanese counterparts do – resulting in larger portions that are packed full of flavour!

Are you hungry yet?

By exploring regional variations of popular dishes like pizza, pasta and sushi, we can gain insight into how culture influences cuisine around the world. We can also appreciate that while some aspects remain consistent no matter where you go (like using fresh ingredients), others will always vary slightly based on location – making each region’s version of these classic dishes truly unique! Furthermore, by doing research into regional cooking styles we gain an appreciation for the local flavours that make up each country’s culinary landscape – allowing us to explore new cultures through food without ever leaving home. Bon Appetit!