Italian food comes to mind when people think of absolutely delicious food. After all, it is one of the most fascinating cuisines know to the modern world. The fascination really piqued during World War II when the world was greatly exposed to the Italian culture for the first time. The rich aroma, spices and fresh vegetables still stirs my soul when I think of all of the great Italian dishes that I love.
The real trick behind this tantalizing taste is that Italian food is low on the ingredient list, but don’t believe that! Many different types of Italian food exist, and each one has its own special taste that people love. Pizza, pasta, sausage and fish are what Italy is most famous for. There are even vast variations in these dishes just in the different regions within the country and this is proven in the many diverse cultures and peoples living in Italy. Northern Italy’s traditional foods are lasagna, Parmesan cheese, mortadella, polenta, dry-cured hams, stuffed pastas and Bolognese sauces. The Naples region is famous for pizzas and mozzarella cheeses. The Tuscan region is famous for various meats, white beans and unsalted beans, while the Caldaria region is known for its spicy Italian salami.
Lamb in various forms is very popular across the country and Sicilian cuisine is well known for its excellent seafood dishes, which interestingly have an Arab influence due to the use of pistachio and lemon in these seafood meals. Sicily is also famous for gelato also known as ice cream in the rest of the world with a slightly different twist because of the use of sugar and other flavorings.
The Veneto region is well known for risotto, which is a dish full of fish and other various seafoods along with beans and other legumes frequently added to this dish. The Tretino-Alto Adige regions are famous for their goulash gnocchi dish, with are prepared with lard, olive oil, tomatoes and crauti.
Other delicacies from Italy include Valtellina pumpkin, Brescia, bergamo, smoked bacon, truffles, prosciutto, bebbiolo, rye breads, pork fillet, panissa, pesto, trenette and many delicious deserts. The interesting thing about Italian cuisine is that even within a single region, there may be several different ways of preparing pasta, sausages and vegetables – some even use herbal liquors to get the perfect taste for their foods.
Each of these unique types of Italian foods are served with unique style. Special meal structures and courses are adhered to strictly so that each course builds on the taste of the previous course. Meals typically start with appetizers that can include campari, cinzano, Suze, Byrrh and Vermouth. These are served both hot and cold depending on the second course. The second course can include fish and other seafoods, meats and pork. Then of course, let’s not forget dessert! Italian desserts usually consist of a variety of cakes, ice creams, cookies and coffees.