moyergeo wrote: Does anybody know if there are general food pairings for hoppy beers?
I can only tell you my own 'pairings' for highly hopped beers. I like them with salami sandwiches, sausages of all kinds, and with oysters.
I also like these foods with the stouts which have lots of roasted barley. Stouts have their own kind of bitterness. I find too, that stouts and porters pair well with beef, especially a thick steak .
I have not tried hoppy beers with Italian food other than sausages, I will have to do so on your recommendation.