Italian Delicious Dishes
Italian chefs are worldwide known for the delights they’re capable of, their cookery is so delicious that the most iconic typical dishes have travelled all around the world and now you can find pizza in almost any part of the world.
Of course, foreign chefs have tried to imitate Italian cookery and to be fair, sometimes they manage to recreate some foods pretty well but of course not as well as the people which invented them.
So we have understood that the only way to taste the real Italian flavours is to get to Italy; but what to try?
The problem is that every day you have a finite number of meals but there seems to be an infinite number of Italian dishes that you “absolutely need to try”.
From regional specialities to the finest seasonal delicacies, you would need multiple lifetimes to sample all the best Italian food, and that’s before you even consider dessert and drinks; there are so many dishes that even Italians themselves barely manage to try them all.
That’s why we created this list, it is not exhaustive but its purpose is, to sum up, the heart and soul of the Italian cooking tradition.
Pizza – That’s the most obvious and well-known of them all, but Pizza can still be hard to try in all its varieties. Just remember that there are different types of Pizza’s in every region, but you can find the original one in the Naples that has the characteristic to be thicker than the “northern” Pizza.
Lasagna – Lasagna is a wide flat pasta, baked in layers. Its stronghold is in the region of Emilia-Romagna, where it has been first filled with meat sauce.
Fiorentina Steak – That florentine steak has all the characteristics to be one of my personal favourites: it’s basically a specific cut of meat at least 5cm thick and generally around 1 to 2 kg from a specific cow prepared in a very specific way all within the confines of a specific region, as the name says to find the best one in Florence.
Carbonara – Italians have many many many different variations of pasta, but if there is one type that everyone should try at least once, it’s carbonara. This dish is simple – spaghetti, eggs, pecorino cheese, guanciale, and black pepper – but takes a lifetime to master and a good version will change your life.
Arancini / Supplì
Arancini / Supplì – These 2 foods are not the same, they come from 2 different regions and Italians would blame you for putting these 2 together in the same sentence. Despite that, they both are freshly-fried rice ball and you should try at least one of them. They appear all over Italy, the Arancino is Sicilian and it is filled with ragù cheese, with optional veggies, mushrooms, or eggplant. Supplì are a Roman speciality usually found in pizzerias containing only rice, tomato sauce, and a large piece of mozzarella in the middle.
If you want to go deeper in Italian cookery tradition try also: bottarga, ribollita, ossobuco, risotto, truffles, focaccia, Italian coffee, gelato and tiramisù. Travel to Rome
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