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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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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking: 30th Anniversary Edition

By Marcella Hazan

Knopf
Released: September 20th, 2022
Orange Hardcover (736 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0593534328
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  • Edition: Anniversary
  • Number of Pages: 736
  • Author: Marcella Hazan
  • Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
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  • Weight: 2.56 Pounds
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Cooking with Mena: Favorite Italian Recipes from Calabria & Sicily

By Filomena Castriciano

Roma Press
Released: April 10th, 2022
Paperback (296 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0692292594
  • EAN: 9780692292594
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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Number of Pages: 296
  • Author: Filomena Castriciano
  • Publication Date: April 10th, 2022
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Pesce Italiano: The Complete Italian Seafood Cookbook (Italian Cookbook)

By Antonio Marchesi

Independently Published
Released: August 13th, 2020
Paperback (636 pages)

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  • EAN: 9798675095919
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  • Number of Pages: 636
  • Author: Antonio Marchesi
  • Publication Date: August 13th, 2020
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  • Size: 9.0 Inches by 6.0 Inches by 1.59 Inches
  • Weight: 2.03 Pounds
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Early Italian Recipes. Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, and Flowers (Historical Italian Cooking)

By Marco Gavio de Rubeis

Independently published
Released: July 11th, 2022
Paperback (188 pages)

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  • Number of Pages: 188
  • Author: Marco Gavio de Rubeis
  • Publication Date: July 11th, 2022
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The Complete Italian Cookbook: Essential Regional Cooking of Italy

By Manuela Anelli Mazzocco

Rockridge Press
Released: April 28th, 2020
Paperback (200 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1646114175
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  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Author: Manuela Anelli Mazzocco
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Fine Cooking Italian: 200 Recipes for Authentic Italian Food

By Editors of Fine Cooking

Taunton Press
Released: January 17th, 2012
Paperback (256 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1600854303
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  • Edition: 1
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Author: Editors of Fine Cooking
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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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  • Number of Pages: 164
  • Author: Paulette Licitra
  • Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
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Risotto and Beyond: 100 Authentic Italian Rice Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Salads, Risotti, One-Dish Meals, and Desserts

By John Coletta & Monica Kass Rogers

Rizzoli
Released: March 13th, 2018
Black Hardcover (240 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0847862364
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  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Authors: John Coletta, Nancy Ross Ryan, Monica Kass Rogers
  • Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
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Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook

By Maria Bruscino Sanchez

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: July 15th, 1997
Paperback (128 pages)

Sweet Maria s Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook
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  • ISBN: 0312156707
  • EAN: 9780312156701
  • PartNumber: Illustrated
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  • Edition: 1st
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Author: Maria Bruscino Sanchez
  • Publication Date: July 15th, 1997
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