Sir: How I hate snobbery in relation to Italian food (Letters, 14 June).
I have lived in both Rome and Venice and have spent many holidays with Italian friends in Verona and Turin. They are certainly not precious nor snobbish about food - they simply eat what is grown and produced locally.
As for polenta, they eat it in the cooler winter and early spring months as it is so filling, usually accompanied with a heavily-seasoned meat stew - perhaps rabbit - to take account of the very bland taste of polenta. And not a chargrilled vegetable in sight.