Marinara sauce is a very basic sauce used as a basis for many Southern Italian dishes however we must first establish which Marinara we are going to be talking about. In America, the term Marinara Sauce is used indiscriminately to describe almost any type of seasoned tomato sauce destined to be used in Italian pasta dishes. To the rest of the world this actually called a Napoli or Neapolitan Sauce meaning came from Naples. A true Marinara sauce must contain seafood of some type this is where the Marin or marine part of the name comes from. How this confusion came about I have not been able to determine. There are several theories but nothing I can find conclusive on the subject. Regardless of how the confusion came about it is something to keep in mind when communicating across borders.
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