As I've said before, I come from a large and loud Italian family and food is practically more important than anything else. Authentic Italian food is pretty much the only thing some of my family members will eat. Don't even mention "Olive Garden" unless you want to hear about the evilness that is the OG. Anything that isn't completely and 100% authentic is akin to demon spawn.
That being said...this isn't totally authentic, but it's pretty darn good. As far as I'm concerned this also tastes pretty authentic, but it involves a few shortcuts, and I'm pretty okay with that.