Italy is the culinary center of Europe. Italy and France have given Europe a lot of varieties of food and drinks. Italy is a nation known for pizza, pasta and wine. Traditionally, this nation is rich in the art of cooking. Italy has more than pasta and pizza in store for us all.
Here are some of the best Italian cuisines it shared with the world which are tasty, delicious and lip-smacking. Let’s take a look.
The most wanted food item on everyone’s list and the most favorite of the Italian cuisines. It is joy to make pizza from scratch. Pizza base is made with all-purpose flour, yeast, water to make dough. It is rested overnight. After kneading it well, it is topped with tomato sauce, cheese and vegetables. Olives, garlic are used to garnish the pizza. Pizza has two kinds of crust, thin and medium, traditionally.
Pizza is famous worldwide today, it has its own different toppings as per the country.
The second most favorite and the best dish of Italy. There are different kinds of pasta. Elbow, linguine, fettuccine, pappardelle. Spaghetti is a kind of noodle. Stuffed pasta is also a kind of pasta, made by filling the pasta dough and then cooking it in sauce. Cappelletti, ravioli, tortelli are the types of stuffed pastas. Pasta is made in two kinds of sauces, white sauce made from milk and cheese or red sauce made from tomato.
Italian bread is made like any other bread, but olive oil is mainly used. Also, eggs are the main ingredient of the dough just like pasta.
Wine is the finest drink of Italy. It was the country who gave wine as a beverage to the world. Aperitivo is a great chance to order wine. Aperitivo is more than just grabbing a drink, it is meeting friends and preparing your stomach for the meal. It is a great opportunity to chat. If you are able to visit a winery, it’s like a cherry on the top. If not, do not worry, you can always enjoy glass.
Prosecco is a type of wine. It is a sparkling wine, enjoyed before dinner.
Spritz is made by mixing tonic water. There are different types of spritz. Aperol Spritz is made by adding prosecco to spritz. One can make different flavored aperol by choosing what they want to have.
Campari Spritz is made by adding prosecco, spritz and alcohol. The bitterness of alcohol is the special feature of this drink. It is garnished with a slice of green olive.
As above, drinks are mandatory before dinner. These are the drinks one should have after the meal.
Amari means bitter. It is a bitter, herbal infused liquor, often made with a complex mixture of herbs and peeled orange or lemon. Limoncello is a fantastic way to end a meal. It is sweet in taste, it can be replaced as a dessert as well. It is made by mixing liqueur, peeled lemon, strong liquor; often vodka or grappa.
Grappa is a drink made from stems, seeds and skin of grapes. Grappa has a grape and pepper taste to it. It is an alcoholic drink. Sambuca is another sweet digestive. It is a colorless, anise-flavored liqueur. It goes well with coffee and sometimes is served in a cup of coffee. It has three versions – white Sambuca, red Sambuca and black Sambuca.
Italy has a great food culture, here comes the desserts that are found here.
It is one of the favorite desserts in the world. It is made of ladyfingers dipped into espresso. Layered with whipped cream. Garnished with cocoa. There are varieties of tiramisu seen all around the world. Some even make tiramisu cake.
The classic Italian pastry originated in Sicily. The tube-shaped shells which are fried pastry dough are filled with a ricotta filling. It is not bigger than a human finger.
It is a type of Italian sweet bread. Usually it is prepared during Christmas and the new year. It is in a circular shape, not bigger than a kg cake. This cake is made by adding raisins, almonds, and citrus.
This is also a coffee-based dessert. It is formed by a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with or drowned with a shot of espresso. Some include a shot of liquor.
A lot of other desserts are made by adding local liquor to it, giving it a traditional Italian twist. Amaretto is a local alcoholic drink which is added to meringues, tarts, cakes and other pastries for an Italian twist.
Italian recipes have a lot of tomatoes and cheese and eggs in it. The drinks are also majorly containing citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, grapes. These are grown in and around Italy, they are a specialty of this nation. It can be clearly seen in their cuisines. That is what makes them unique and worth a try.