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10 Italian Foods that You Must Try First Edition

Italian food is simple and focuses on the quality of the ingredients.



The original Italian carbonara does not use cream, milk, green peas, garlic, mushrooms or onions.

All you had was olive oil, guanciale (cured pork cheek) / pancetta, eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese / Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

The spaghetti noodles are cooked in water with salt.

The guanciale is fried in a pan with olive oil.

The pasta is then mixed in the pan with the guanciale once it is cooked.

The sauce is made from Whisked eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, and black pepper

They are mixed in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

The sauce is then mixed in with the pasta and topped with Pecorino and pepper.

Pizza Margherita


One of the most popular Italian foods is pizza and this particular pizza carries the three colors of the Italian flag - red, white and green.

Pizza Margherita is not one of those pizza with a dozen or so toppings on it. It only has three toppings - Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

Raffaele Esposito is said to be the inventor of the dish in honor of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy in June 1889.

Margherita can also describe the arrangement of the toppings as they have a floral shape. Margherita is the Italian word for daisy.



Lasagna has become quite popular partly because of the hit comic and cartoon series Garfield - a show that features an obese orange tabby cat that loves to gorge on lasagna.

Lasagna is comprised of pasta layers with meat, vegetable and cheese filling.

The meat sauce is comprised of ground beef with carrots, celery and onions in tomato sauce.

The béchamel sauce is made from butter, milk and flour with a dash of salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Each layer of lasagna has noodles, meat sauce, a generous amount of Pecorino, Provolone and Mozarella and then béchamel sauce.

After the layer is topped with béchamel sauce, a new noodle layer is placed on top and the process begins again.

While there is no standard number of layers, you can do the normal three to four layers.



Ossobuco are cross-cut veal shanks braised in a savory stew of vegetables , white wine and broth.

This dish is best served with risotto or polenta.

Ossobuco is flavored by rosemary, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, black pepper, white wine and chicken stock, parsley and lemon zest.

The tomato sauce, carrots, onions and celery help compliment the meaty flavor of the veal.

Kinder Bueno


Kinder Bueno comes from the German word kinder meaning "children" and Spanish word Bueno meaning "good."

It is a chocolate bar that has a hazelnut filling and a little bit of wafer.

Kinder Bueno comes in milk chocolate, white chocolate and coconut.

It is produced by Italian confectionery company Ferrero.



Risotto is a creamy rice dish.

Risotto comes from the Italian word "riso" meaning rice.

Not all types of rice can be used for risotto and it is recommended that you use Baldo, Aroborio, Nano, Vialone or Carnaroli.

The idea is to cook the rice until it gains a creamy consistency.

It can contain broth from meat, fish, seafood or vegetable.

Risotto can also have beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp or lobster as its protein.

It can also contain vegetables such as as well as spinach, bell peppers, carrots and mushrooms for an added flavor dimension.

Many risotto recipes also use butter, white or red wine, olive oil and parmesan cheese to make the risotto taste special.

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Tiramisu is one of the more popular Italian deserts which is predominantly coffee flavored.

Tiramisu is Italian for "cheer me up."

It has a two layers which has lady fingers soaked in coffee and rum a two layers with beaten egg whites and mascarpone cheese.

The top is dusted with cocoa powder.



It is a type of pasta that is similar to dimsum in the sense that the pasta envelopes have filling in them.

The filling was comprised of any combination of ricotta cheese, spinach, lemon rind, nutmeg and black pepper.

The ravioli is then served with a tomato based or cream based sauce or in soup.

The commercialized versions of ravioli has mostly meet fillings such as beef, Italian sausage or chicken in a tomato and cheese or tomato and meat sauce.



Focaccia was traditionally made on the hearth (a fireplace).

The style and texture of this bread is similar to pizza.

The primary ingredients for focaccia are flour, yeast, salt and olive oil.

You can add in herbs such as rosemary, garlic and parsley.

Cheeses such as parmesan, romano, feta and mozarella can also be utilized.

There is no limit to what kind of focaccia breads you can come up with as you can add meat, vegetables and fruits to your focaccia.



Nutella is a chocolate and hazelnut spread that is produced by Italian confectionery company Ferrero.

It is comprised of sugar, palm oil, hazelnut, cocoa solids, skimmed milk and vanillin (artificial vanilla flavoring).

Nutella is primarily used as a spread for toast and pancakes and as an ingredient in various deserts such as cakes, cookies and brownies.

© 2021 Jan Michael Ong


Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 16, 2021:

Thank you Iqra

Iqra from East County on May 16, 2021:

Italian foods sound delicious and easy to cook

thanks Jan for sharing

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