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A seasonal fruit galette is simple, easy and pairs with ice cream for a bit of pizazz. No, I think if you commit everything I've written to memory or at least bookmark the page on your device you'll be ready to sally fearlessly forth to that new Italian place downtown without concern for undue embarrassment or potential gastric disaster. The primo or the secondo piatto may be considered more important depending on the locality and the situation. Crema q. Il conto, per favore. Uhhh no.
The type of Pizza that we eat today comes from Naples in southern Italy. The probably most popular Pizza type was created in when a pizza maker created a pizza with the colours of the Italian flag for the Queen Margherita.
Tomatoes stand for the red colour in the Italian flag, M ozzarella cheese for the white and basil for the green colour. Calzone is a special type of Pizza. This is a pizza folded in half into a pocket which is filled with cheese and salami or ham, olives or mushrooms.
This most popular Italian pasta dish which is enjoyed all over the world with many different sauces, however it is also widely accepted that S paghetti originated in China and that the great explorer Marco Polo discovered the noodles there and brought them to Italy. Pasta comes in many different types, shapes, tastes and colours and is usually made from wheat flour.
They are the typical Italian Spaghetti dish with tomato and mince-meat sauce, which is loved by many children all around the world. Lasagne is another typical pasta dish, which also originates from Naples. Lasagne is made with layers of sauce and flat and square shaped pasta sheets and probably the oldest type of pasta. Sometimes the pasta comes with green coloured Lasagne sheets as well, then pasta sheets are made with spinach that gives the green colour to the dough.
The way Lasagne is prepared varies from region to region but it is mostly made with Mozzarella , R icotta a soft cheese , tomato sauce containing either minced meats or vegetables such as spinach or aubergines eggplants. This traditional Italian food dish is mostly made of maize and corn. It originated from northern Italy and was known as the food for the poor. In Roman times Polenta was one of the most common meals for the Roman Legions.
Pesto is a green sauce made with olive oil, crushed basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts and finely grated parmesan cheese. Pesto is often eaten with simple pasta dishes or as dip. Parmesan cheese is an Italian hard cheese coming from the Parmigiano-Reggiano region in central Italy.
The white soft cheese is cut and formed into balls which are then stored in a salt water brine to keep them soft and so that they do not dry out. The slices are first rubbed with garlic and oil, then shortly grilled and then usually topped with tomatoes and basil or ham or salami or olives or mozzarella - you name it, they add it.
Prosciutto is dry cured ham which is made from pork and is usually carved very thinly. It is eaten as an antipasti, starter dish, normally with melon slices or grissini , which are breadsticks.
Grissini are available on the set tables in many Italian restaurants to munch on while waiting for the ordered meals! In Italian Gelato means frozen and this typical Italian ice-cream comes in all colours and flavours and is usually served as balls in a wafer cone or cup. So yummy!
Gelato is known to have its roots in the Dolomites mountains in northern Italy, however, also in Sicily in southern Italy, ice cream desserts have a long tradition. The desserts are preferred and prepared in different ways in different regions, with more fatty ice-cream with more milk and cream eaten in the colder mountain regions while in hot South of Italy, the dessert is made as a sorbet which includes fruit juice instead of milk.
Typical Sicilian dessert made with wafer rolls that are filled with sweet cream. Cannoli are often topped with either a fruit topping or chocolate sauce. Our favorite Italian dessert is made with ladyfinger biscuits, that have been soaked in E spresso coffee and then topped with Mascarpone cream cheese and lots of cacao.