La Cucina Italiana
Italian cuisine is one of the most recognized and popular in the world for its distinct flavors. Exquisiteness and freshness are the main ingredients of ALL Italian gastronomic specialties. Italian cuisine is renown worldwide.
When talking about Italian cuisine, the first dishes that come to mind are probably pizza, pasta, and risotto, since they are the most popular. Pizza is one of the most traditional and most widespread Italian dishes. Focaccia and calzone belong to the same family as pizza tho they are different dishes. However, cuisine in Italy is varied. The country was unified in 1861, and the cuisine reflects the cultural variety of its regions as well as the diversity of its history. It can be said that Italy has thousands of different dishes and styles that vary depending on the region; from creamy dishes in the north to spicy specialties in the south.
Pasta is undoubtedly the most popular and renown dish of Italian cuisine. There are a variety of types and many ways to prepare it. If you think that Italians eat pasta all the time, you might be right, since pasta is often used as starters. The different presentations, preparations, and sauces that accompany pasta can range from ingredients like butter, cheese, pesto, salsa rossa, tomato, basil, olive oil, among others. The most popular types of pasta are of course spaghetti, cannelloni, cappelletti, ravioli, tortellini, etc.
Risotto is generally prepared with broth, using spices like saffron (Milanese style). Sometimes risotto is used as filling for other ingredients, such as tomatoes, paprika or other dishes. Pesto (a type of sauce from Genoa prepared with basil, parsley, and marjoram all mashed with olive oil, Parmesan, garlic and pine nuts) also is combined with risotto and sometimes is accompanied by trenette (thick spaghetti) or eggplant and salsa rossa.