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Italian Recipes


Italian cuisine is respected, loved, and eaten all over the world. Outside of Italy, the best-known dishes include pizza and pasta, but Italian food has much else to offer too, including excellent meat and seafood dishes, superb cheeses, and a wonderful range of desserts.

Italian pasta


As far as pasta is concerned there are many times. The most popular type is spaghetti, which is long thing strings of pasta (spaghetti actually means "thin strings"). Other popular types include vermicelli (also string-like), fettucine and linguine (ribbon-shaped), lasagna (large sheets), rotelle and farfalle (decorative shapes), and, ravioli and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Although all forms of pasta are made from basically the same ingredients, the different shapes do affect the taste and choice of recipe, because each individual shape interacts with sauce in a different way.

Spaghetti cooked and served with tomato sauce

Italy is a country of great regional contrasts, and this fact is reflected in its food. Additionally, many outside influences have contributed to Italian cuisine (although the legend that Marco Polo introduced pasta from China does appear to be apocryphyl).

Some of the region dishes and ingredients that you may encounter in Italian food include:
  • Sardinia is famous for its lamb and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

  • Arab influence played an important part in the development of Sicilian cuisine, including the introduction of lemon and pistachio. Sicily is also known for its seafood, particularly swordfish and tuna, but it is in desserts where the island has had the greatest influence of all: both gelato (ice cream) and granita (a delicious semi-frozen dessert made using sugar, water and flavorings) originate from Sicily.

  • Calabria (the region corresponding to the "toe" of Italy) is known for its spicy version of salami.

  • Naples is the home of mozzarella, pizza and sfogliatelle (Italian filled pastries).

    Italian food - Authentic Neapolitan pizza served in Naples

  • Whereas Sicilian and Neopolitan pizzas are quite thick, Roman pizzas extremely thin. Rome is also known for its use of offal and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

  • Tuscany is known for its meat, white beans and unsalted bread.

  • Products from the North of Italy include balsamic vinegar, lasagna, mortadella (a heat-cured pork sausage, served as a cold cut) parmigiano (parmesan cheese) polenta (a dish made from boiled corn-meal), prosciutto (dry cured ham), ragu (bolognese sauce), rice and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Piedmont and Lombardy both produce their own distinctive (and different from each other) variety of rice, and both forms are used to make risotto.
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Italian Recipes for Cooking Fish: Cookbook for the Realization of Italian Fish Dishes Suitable for Beginners and More Experienced People Complete Guide with 80+ Recipes Easy to Prepare

By Augusto Corsini

Augusto Corsini
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Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks

By Vicky Bennison

Hardie Grant
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Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy: A Cookbook (CLARKSON POTTER)

By Mimi Thorisson

Clarkson Potter
Released: September 15th, 2020
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Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. [A Cookbook]

By Ori Menashe & Lesley Suter

Ten Speed Press
Released: October 30th, 2018
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The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes: A Cookbook

By Micol Negrin

Ballantine Books
Released: October 28th, 2014
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Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking

By Frank Pellegrino

Random House
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La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

By The Italian Academy of Cuisine

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Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party: A Cookbook, Cover may vary

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Knopf
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Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out

By Giada De Laurentiis

Rodale Books
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The Complete Italian Cookbook: Essential Regional Cooking of Italy

By Manuela Anelli Mazzocco

Rockridge Press
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