I have long held the opinion that Italian-American food is not Italian at all.
Beside, I vastly prefer onions to garlic, especially the cipolla rossa di Tropea
. And then you have scallions, shallots, and leeks. Honestly, garlic is overrated.
Italian-American food tends to be southern Italian (to whatever extent it's still Italian at all). My family pretty much sneered at it, but then they came from Rome and Sardinia.
Garlic can be overused, but never overrated.