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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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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master: A Cookbook

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Knopf Publishing Group
Released: October 15th, 2013
Hardcover (304 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0385349440
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  • Authors: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
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The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes: A Cookbook

By Micol Negrin

Ballantine Books
Released: October 28th, 2014
Hardcover (256 pages)

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The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

By Paulette Licitra

Rockridge Press
Released: April 28th, 2020
Paperback (164 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1646115082
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  • Number of Pages: 164
  • Author: Paulette Licitra
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Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party: A Cookbook, Cover may vary

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
Released: October 17th, 2017
Hardcover (416 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0385349483
  • EAN: 9780385349482
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  • Authors: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
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The Complete Italian Cookbook: Essential Regional Cooking of Italy

By Manuela Anelli Mazzocco

Rockridge Press
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Paperback (200 pages)

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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan
Green Hardcover (704 pages)

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Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees: A Cookbook

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Knopf Publishing Group
Released: October 16th, 2012
Hardcover (240 pages)

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Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy

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Clarkson Potter
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The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant

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Abrams
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