06 Mar Top 10 Dishes You Will Find in Italy

The world adores Italian cuisine because of its innovative use of meat, spices, and seasonal produce. However, Italy is divided into 20 different regions, and each one has different cuisines and cooking techniques, shares Escoffier.edu. Over the years, American cooks have adopted delicious Italian dishes, and put their own spin on them. Most Italian food devotees still prefer the authentic regional recipes from Italy. Here are ten iconic Italian dishes we all love:

1.    Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an iconic Italian dessert that features delicate slices of sponge cake (ladyfingers) soaked in Marsala, cocoa, eggs, sugar, coffee, and heavenly mascarpone fresca cheese. Much debate has raged over who invented it, but most historians agree it was created in Treviso in the 1960s. Tiramisu is a beloved dish across the globe, and most Italian bakers consider their own recipe to be the best.

2.    Pasta

What would an authentic Italian meal be without mounds of steaming pasta? Even though pasta originated in China, states PBS.org, the Italians made it one of their specialties. Italian cuisine uses a plethora of pasta shapes and sizes, each with a whimsical name. They are often served with flavorful sauces and cheese, like spaghetti, lasagna, and pasta primavera.

3.    Arancini

Arancini is a savory mix of meat, rice, cheese, peas, and tomato sauce. They are rolled in bread crumbs and fried to golden perfection. These crunchy delights were named after the Italian word for “orange,” because they are traditionally as big as one. The size, shape, and ingredients of arancini vary slightly by region. Arancini originated in Sicily, where they are a popular street vendor food. During the holiday, Italian cooks may prepare sweet versions.

4.    Prosciutto

Prosciutto was developed in Italy and is a dry-cured ham cut into paper-thin slices. It has a delightful salty flavor that is used in many classic Italian recipes. Saltimbocca is a tender veal cutlet that is wrapped in prosciutto. Prosciutto is a favorite appetizer meat and is often used as a savory wrap for sweet fruit, mushrooms, or cheese sticks.

5.    Ribollita

The Tuscan region of Italy offers many beloved dishes, such as this hearty bean soup. Rebolitta has humble origins, where servants would gather leftovers from their Italian masters’ tables and make soup from it. This soup was considered “poor man’s cuisine.” It is often a vegetarian dish, featuring carrots, onions, tomatoes, and cannellini beans in a flavorful broth. Modern versions sometimes top ribollita with toasted bread cubes and grated Parmesan.

6.    Tuscan Cheese Souffle

When most people think of soufflé, they may think about French cuisine. However, the people of Tuscany have a light, airy cheese soufflé that is uniquely Italian. This region is famous for its extraordinary dairy products, and Tuscan cooks take advantage of them for this cheesy delight. Its delicate flavors come from a mixture of Tuscan ricotta, pecorino, and mozzarella.

7.    Chicken Scallopini

In Italian cooking, “scallopini” is thin slices of meat that are rolled in flour and sautéed in a flavorful reduced sauce. It can be prepared from any meat; however, veal and chicken are the most popular. Chicken Scallopini is often served over a mound of pasta.

8.    Gelato

On a sultry Italian evening, what could be better than a cup of decadent gelato? In Italian, gelato means “frozen”, and is often called Italian ice cream. However, gelato is made of milk instead of cream, and has a richer density.

This sweet treat is usually flavored with blends of fruit and nut purees. Gelato parlors and street vendors serve up people’s favorite frozen dessert in cups or cones. Natives and tourists alike seek out this heavenly concoction.

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Victoria Brewood

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  • Pamela Leeds
    Posted at 09:35h, 12 March Reply

    Love your blog! What a nice article, reminded me of just how wonderful Italy and Italian culture and cuisine are! <3


  • Daniela
    Posted at 04:34h, 21 March Reply

    Scaloppine are never served with pasta. If you found restaurants that do, they’re probably super-touristy places that cater to foreigners 😉

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