The cuisine of Italy - Europe
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The foods of Italy
Italian cuisine is strongly influenced by local history and traditions, as well as by the local and seasonal availability of products. Each region of Italy has its own regional food specialties. These regional differences are based on a combination of climatic factors (availability of specific ingredients), historic factors (migration flows, influence from other peoples), geographical factors (living by the seaside or in the mountains) and economic factors (gastronomy influenced by the presence of former noble courts, labor or peasant communities). Some of Italy’s most famous gourmet foods, which have gained international fame, such as white truffles, can actually be found only in specific areas of Italy.
While many countries have local culinary styles that differ from region to region, in Italy these differences are much more pronounced. This is not surprising considering the shape of the country – long and narrow, surrounded by the sea and with big mountains in the North. Add to that the fact that Italy became a unified nation only in 1861, after having mainly been a confederation of states for the previous thousand of years, and this diversity becomes even more obvious.
The Italian menu is typically structured in much the same way all over Italy, with an antipasto, primo, secondo and dessert. Typical Italian foods and dishes include assorted appetizers (antipasti misti), all types of pasta, risotto and pizza, soups (minestroni and zuppe) and delicious meat and fish dishes.The main regional differences are in the sources of carbohydrates, the origin of the proteins and the choice of vegetables or contorni (side dishes).
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Appetizer recipesAsparagus mimosa Asparagus with cream cheese and prosciutto Asparagus with Parma ham and roasted pepper coulis Baked goat cheese with salad greens Bruschetta orzo salad Caprese salad Carrot gnocchi Cold broccoli soup Eggplant and tomato with chevre Eggplant caponata Eggplant caviar Flatbread pizzas Goat cheese and sun-dried tomato toasts Grilled tomatoes kebabs Orzo with wild mushrooms Parmesan and thyme crackers Parmesan sage polenta sticks Polenta fries Pumpkin and sweet garlic custards Roasted tomatoes Roasted tomatoes and red peppers Sicilian arancini Stuffed tomatoes with mussels Summer salad Tomato-feta phyllo kisses
Main recipesAsparagus mimosa Baked carrot terrine Baked polenta with fontina and gorgonzola Baked salmon fillet with basil sauce Balsamic potato salad Bocconcini with shiitake mushroom sauce Bowtie pasta with shrimp and asparagus Braised salmon steaks with fennel and thyme Brunch strata with crabmeat and asparagus Bruschetta orzo salad Cacio e pepe pasta Cajun salmon fillet grenobloise with angel hair pasta Calzones Campanelle pasta with hen of the woods mushrooms Cannellonis Caprese pasta salad Carrot gnocchi Cauliflower and pasta Chicken breasts in vermouth Chicken breasts parma Chicken breasts veronique Chicken primavera Chicken provencale Chicken salad with pasta and asparagus Chicken with endive radicchio and balsamic vinegar glaze Chicken with portobello mushroom sauce Crown roast of lamb in a parmesan-sage crust Curried mussel salad with tiny pasta Eggplant meatballs in marinara Fall greens with walnuts feta and walnut vinaigrette Fettuccini primavera and pesto dressing Frittata Garlic mussels with pasta and cherry tomatoes Gnocchi alla romana Gnocchi with green chive sauce Gnocchi with spinach and ricotta Grilled bruschetta chicken Grilled chicken and vegetable pasta salad Grilled chicken pesto Grilled salmon fillets with sun-dried tomatoes Homemade pizza dough Lasagna Lemon chicken breast Lemon chicken cutlets Linguine alla carbonara Linguine primavera Minestrone with cabbage and spinach Mussels and spaghetti Mussels marinara with linguine Neapolitan pizza for a home kitchen Nicoise orzo salad Onion and cheese frittata Orzo pilaf with green onions Panettone Panzanella salad Parmesan and basil chicken salad Parmesan polenta soufflé Pasta e fagioli with butternut squash and sage pesto Pasta fagioli Pasta roll with three cheese Pasta salad in parmesan baskets Pasta with summer vegetables Penne in cream sauce and sausage Pissaladière Provençale Pizza margherita Polenta a la romaine Pork chops parmigiana Potato gnocchi -gnocchi di patate Potato gnocchi with lobster Rack of lamb with mushroom crust Risotto with mushrooms asparagus and spring peas Roast tomato tart Rollatines of chicken Rosemary chicken salad Rosemary-roasted chicken with potatoes and fennel Rotolo di spinaci - spinach and ricotta lasagne roll-ups San remo pasta salad Shrimp-tortellini pesto Silk handkerchiefs with pesto Soft potato ravioli with truffle pan sauce Soufflé renversé Spaghetti bake Spaghetti squash pesto with tomatoes Spaghetti with creamy garlic and leeks Sparkling lemon cream Spinach and pasta salad Spring green risotto Striped bass italienne Stuffed chicken breasts Stuffed pork chops with polenta and tomatoes Summer pasta vegetable salad Summer squash skins with garlic bread crumbs The pasta salad Tomato and corn pasta salad Tomato and Seafood Penne Tomato pie with polenta crust Tomato-basil tortellini Tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese Tri-color salad Tuscan soup Vegetable lasagna Vegetarian minestrone
Side dishes recipesBeet with frizzled leek and gorgonzola crostini Blender pesto Broccoli au gratin Broccoli rabe with parmesan cheese Broccoli salad Celery root and mashed potatoes Creamed spinach Creamed spinach with mushrooms Creamy polenta with gorgonzola Eggplant soufflé Fried green tomatoes Garlic roasted potatoes Onion parmesan gratin Orzo salad with lemon and herb Roasted tomato caprese salad Soft polenta Sweet onion risotto cakes Sweet potato gnocchi with sage and brown butter Tomato aspic Vegetable and herb orzo salad Zucchini carpaccio salad
Dessert recipesAlmond sherry ice cream with honeyed figs Apricot tart Baked alaska snow balls Bavarois turinoise Bomba italian doughnuts Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake Chocolate raspberry ice cream Chocolate-mocha soufflé Chocolate-orange sorbet Coffee custards Easter bunny cake Fruit sorbet Lemon cream tart Lemon custard Lemon krumkake Lemon mousse Lemon pudding cake Lemon sorbet in lemon shells Lemon tart #2 Lime curd and almond tart Marbled strawberry bombe Meringue baked apples Meringue-strawberry Orange mousse meringue pie Panna cotta with berry compote Peach custard ice cream with fresh peach compote Peach ice cream Pear tart tatin Pears vigneronne Poached pears in red wine Raspberry hazelnut praline soufflé glacé Rose shaped apple dessert Sicilian cannoli Strawberries with zabaglione sauce Strawberry-topped lime mousse tart Upside-down peach cake White chocolate and raspberry tart Wine jelly
Cooking in Italy