In celebration of our Italian heritage, we would like to share some of our favorite Italian dishes with you. We have all the classics that make up the very best of Italian Cuisine. Mangia Italiano!
A traditional Italian meal typically starts something to nibble on before the meal, or antipasto. Similar to what we would consider an appetizer. Make this Fresh Garlic Basil Bruschetta. A delicious combination of Italy’s best ingredients.
Meats such as Salami and Prosciutto are commonly served as an antipasto dish.
Polenta is another popular dish served, usually as a second course which is called the Primo.
Its very common to serve soups during this course. Arancini (rice balls) are also typically served.
Any type of Pasta dish such as Risotto or Lasagna are served during this course. Pasta is of course a very important component to Italian Cuisine. Italy is known for the endless variety of pasta.
Tortellini is not just a pasta, it is filled with usually a cheese or meat. Try making this Tortellini In Basil Pesto and Sundried Tomatoes.
Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian Dish we have all grown to know and love. Chicken Picatta and Chicken Scallopine are also delicious plates to prepare for dinner.
We love our Nonni’s Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. It takes us right back to our childhood and watching her in the kitchen. because you have the option between making a simple version, to getting complex with seasoning the meatballs.
Veal is very popular in Italy. There is a dish called Vitello Tonnato which is Veal with Tuna-Caper Sauce and served cold. Dishes that are more well known here are Veal Saltimbocca and the tasty Veal Marsala dish topped with mushrooms.
The Contorno is served along with the Secondo dish. It is basically a side dish, the difference being that it is always served on a separate plate. They usually consist of vegetables.
Dolci basically translates as “sweets” in Italian. We love all Italian cuisine, but when it comes to desserts – there is no topping it.
Gelato is often referred to as the Italian version of Ice Cream. While this is technically true, there are some differences. Our version of Ice Cream tends to contain more egg yolk and has a high fat content compared to Gelato. Also, less air is churned during the freezing process. We love Gelato so much that we have a special case in our Middleboro store. Stop by and get a taste of the real difference between Gelato and Ice Cream.
One of the most well known Italian desserts has got to be Tiramisu. Try this recipe for Tiramisu “Pick Me Up” Pie. Curious about the name? The literal translation of Tiramisu means “Pick Me Up”.
Cannoli is commonly served for a Dolce.
Enjoying a hot cup of extremely strong Espresso at the end of your courses is truly the only way to Mangia Italiano!