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.
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
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.
This simple salad features ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and a pinch of salt to taste.
Insalata de finocchio
Insalata di funghi
This dish contains ribbon-shaped pasta smothered in lots of creamy sauce.
Farfalle al pomodoro fresco
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.
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.