Which Italian dish is which?
by Staff
Traditionally, Italian meals are crammed with courses. Sitting down at an Italian table, you might be served an antipasto, a primo and a secondo, plus a formaggio and a frutta, along with a contorno and a dolce. The cuisine in Italy varies depending on the different regions, but some classics have grown to transcend those boundaries, although regional flavor is still certainly a factor. Can you recognize your favorite dishes?

This soup is typically tomato-based with either beef or chicken stock. You might find anything from pasta to potatoes and beans or barley floating around in there, along with a wide assortment of vegetables.

  • Minestrone di verdure
  • Stracciatella alla Romana
  • Zuppa di cipolle bianche

This bread is traditionally grill-charred with olive oil and garlic, and it may be topped with other goodies like tomatoes and basil as well.

  • Grissini
  • Bruschetta
  • Piadina

If you're eating an authentic slice of this pizza, you're biting into San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella cheese.

  • Pizza con cecinielli
  • Pizza alla vongole
  • Pizza Napoletana

This rice dish is infused with saffron threads and can include beef marrow among other ingredients.

  • Risotto alla Milanese
  • Risotto con le cozze
  • Risotto al funghi

This staple dish is made by combining ground corn and water with a dash of salt, often in a ratio of 2 quarts (2 liters) of water per every 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) of coarsely ground corn meal.

  • Polenta
  • Focaccia
  • Gnocchi

This simple salad features ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and a pinch of salt to taste.

  • Insalata de finocchio
  • Insalata di funghi
  • Insalata Caprese

This dish contains ribbon-shaped pasta smothered in lots of creamy sauce.

  • Farfalle al pomodoro fresco
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Fettuccine alla carbonara

This hearty meat sauce usually contains ground beef, veal or pork, along with vegetables like onions, garlic, carrots, celery and tomato paste.

  • Pesto di fave
  • Salsa al pomodoro
  • Ragu alla Bolognese

This after-dinner treat starts with a ladyfingers and also often includes mascarpone, espresso and brandy.

  • Cotognata
  • Tiramisu
  • Cannoli

This desert comes in a fried shell that's commonly filled with ricotta cheese which has been blended with ingredients like chocolate and powdered sugar.

  • Cannoli con ricotta
  • Ciambella Bolognese
  • Amor di polenta