Italian Food

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Italian food

 

Italian food

Italy is famous for its food as much as it is for its huge artistic and historical assets and for the fashion industry. If you want to get straight to work, check out our delicious Italian recipes, please take a look at our Italian food recipes database.

In truth, food is one of the cornerstones of Italian culture and even if times are changing and life is more and more frenetic, Italians still find a great pleasure in sitting at a table, at home or  at the restaurant and share a good meal together.

Italians love discovering new foods and new ways of preparing familiar dishes.

Year after year, interest in Italy's traditional regional cuisine rises, along with a marked desire to source produce in an environmentally friendly manner. 

National food is a reason of pride for Italians: you can recognize Italians abroad for their longing of typical dishes, pasta over every other. And you can see how dishearten they are when they try pasta outside Italy. Some upper class foreign restaurants have managed to master almost all the typical Italian dishes, but pasta still eludes them.

Italians enjoy a good meal whenever they can, and, their traditional agricultural roots now forgotten, they don't care if the required ingredients are off season, like summer vegetables or fruits in the middle of winter, something that just a few decades ago was impossible.

Our Food and Wine section has everything you need to dine Italian style: modern and traditional recipes, regional dishes and articles about the culture and history of Italian food.

 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 14:45
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History of Ice Cream in Italy
Friday, July 04TH, 2014 by admin
  gelato - ice cream     A common belief is that Marco Polo brought ice cream back to Italy from his adventures in China. However, just like the story of his introduction of pasta to the country, there are problems with this story: if it is generally assumed that both China and ancient Persia were among the first cultures that developed a dessert made from fruit and either shaved ice or mountain snow, similar discoveries must have been made by numerous cultures that had access to ice and something sweet to add to it.   Howe...
History of pasta
Thursday, January 30TH, 2014 by admin
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. Wherever Italians immigrated they have brought their pasta along,  so much so today it can be considered a staple of international cuisine. Unlike other ubiquitous Italian products like pizza and tomato sauce, which have a fairly recent history, pasta may have a much older pedigree, going back hundreds -if not thousands- of years. Unravelling the long and often complex history of this dish we have to look at its origins and some of the myths surrounding it.    19th century Maccaronaro selling...
A Closer Look at Anchovies
Thursday, August 14TH, 2008 by admin
fresh anchovies Many maintain not to like anchovies because they associate this delicious fish only and exclusively with the salty, cured variety usually found on pizza. Almost as often, however, people rave about how amazingly delicious a particular Italian meal is, without being able to pinpoint exactly what ingredient gives to the dish such a magnificent flavor. Very often, in fact, that mysterious ingredient is anchovies. They might be small, but these fish pack a huge punch in flavor, and often provide a solid, flavorsome base to many Italian recipes.  If you really want to...
Real Italian Food
Wednesday, August 13TH, 2008 by admin
In New York City and in also my area of Washington DC, there are few real Italian restaurants. My subjective, but experienced, opinion is that 90% of the Italian restaurants in the US are not Italian at all. If "Italian food" conjures up thoughts of Italian American restaurant chains or pizza with a red-purple sauce and lots of garlic powder this is simply not Italian! I personally hate that type of cooking -Italian American food is loaded with too many strange tasting "additives". One might even call them "addictives" because these strong flavors cultivate consumer taste for heavy s...
The Mediterranean Diet
Saturday, June 14TH, 2014 by admin
The Mediterranean Diet and its Many Healthy Aspects Olive oil Italian cuisine is a mediterranean type of cuisine. This article will give you some information about the basics of healthy Mediterranean cooking, as well as provide a comparison with a typical American diet. Before beginning, you must consider one thing: a Mediterranean diet is not only Italian, as it is typical of the entire basin of the Mediterranean Sea. As a consequence, it embraces the cuisines of places as far as Spain and Israel, Syria and Greece, North Africa and Italy. Because of this variety, both cult...
Mediterranean Diet Part II
Saturday, June 14TH, 2014 by admin
The History of the Mediterranean Diet   The Mediterranean diet is a nutritional model inspired by the traditional heating habits of three European and one North African country: Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco. In 2008 Italy presented an official request to UNESCO to introduce the Mediterranean diet as part of Civilization's untangible heritage. In 2010, the request was formally accepted, and the Mediterranean diet became part of the UNESCO Untangible Heritage. According to UNESCO, the Mediterranean diet is a treasure equally shared by Cyprus, Croatia, Ital...
Bread and Italy, A Perfect Pair
Saturday, June 07TH, 2014 by admin
Flower for making bread     Although pizza, spaghetti and other pastas are normally associated with Italy, bread plays an extremely large role in the diets of most Italians. There is rarely a meal served in Italy where bread is not included. Italy and the word "bread" just seem to go together as a pair.   A History that starts in the Neolithic era   Although no one really knows when the first loaf was baked, bread has been around for thousands of years. The presence of stone utensils and ovens dating back to  the Neolithic seems to be wi...
  The use of herbs is so steeped in lore and legend, and the microwave oven so modern, that you would hardly think they complemented each other. Yet they do, and the microwave can be your best friend when it comes to drying and using herbs. Drying herbs in a microwave is easy, but you need to make a few preparations first, just as you do with any drying method. First, pick your herbs when the morning dew has dried, and pick only those herbs that look fresh and clean. If there are still some dead leaves or browned patches, remove them when you get indoors. Check the plant carefully f...
Famous Italian Cookbooks
Wednesday, February 26TH, 2014 by ancos
Italians are passionate about their food, and this love for all things scrumptious and delicious has permeated other cultures. Now many people wonder how to get their hands on original recipes of their favorite Italian dishes. The first problem is that there are no original recipes, because every region, city, and even family in Italy has their own version of popular dishes. Worse still for those looking for written recipes, Italians tend to pass theirs down by teaching and word of mouth. Most Italians will tell you that it is impossible to faithfully follow a recipe, instead you have to learn...