Italian food is the epitome of comfort and love. But their classic dishes are so much better than the Americanized versions of them. If you somehow have an opportunity to visit Italy and try their great authentic cuisine there, use this list as a guide for your eating journey. There’re also a few recipes that you can make by yourself, for all the homebodies that still want their share of the Italian dishes, without the traveling part.
Pizza is obviously the most beloved Italian food that has become so widely popular that you can have it all over the world. Cultural differences aside, some classic pizza flavors are present everywhere, including Margherita. The classic Italian recipe calls for a thin crust dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. This simple combination may seem boring but when all the ingredients are very high-quality and the pizza is fresh from the oven, the taste is divine. So when in Italy, definitely try eating it at least once, preferably all by yourself.
For all the folks who follow a low-carb diet, a zucchini pizza crust is a great alternative. It doesn’t have a lot of ingredients yet the distinct pizza taste is certainly there thanks to the nutritional yeast. To make it place shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel and squeeze out all the liquid. Then add the zucchini to a bowl with coconut and almond flour, nutritional yeast and seasonings. Add eggs to form sticky dough and place it on a baking sheet. Make a pizza-like shape with your hands. Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then 10 more on the other. Place your desired toppings and cook until they’re done.
Roman meals are a popular tourist thing in Italy that consists of a four-to-five course meal particular to each restaurant. It usually includes an appetizer, a bowl of pasta, a meat dish, a dessert plus a beverage. For such a huge amount of food, it doesn’t cost that much so you can stuff yourself even on a budget. This is also a great opportunity for you to try as many different Italian dishes as possible because the menu varies from one restaurant to another.
Back to all of us who don’t have the possibility of eating Roman meals. We can try elevating the zucchini or regular wheat crust with this delicious pizza sauce recipe. You will forget about the existence of the store-bought version after you realize how easy and tasty this one is.
Combine tomato paste and canned tomato sauce in a bowl. Add dried herbs and other seasonings and boom! You’re done! Put it on your pizza and enjoy.
Pasta Carbonara is quite popular in the US but it’s pretty disappointing compared to the original. The classic omits the cream and just has eggs, bacon, romano and white wine mixed with spaghetti. It is worlds apart with flavor of the American version and is honestly too good to be true.
Fettuccine Alfredo is a hit pasta choice everywhere around but did you ever think about making an Alfredo lasagna? It is has the same creamy flavors and chicken but with lasagna noodles and more cheese. It is a delight and I highly recommend trying it, even with store-bought Alfredo sauce.
Risotto is the dark horse of Italian cuisine. Everyone is always so fascinated with their pastas and desserts, they forget about this creamy dish that also has a ton of varieties, including seasonal risottos like the spring one with asparagus. When visiting Venetia, try either seafood or mushroom one, you won’t regret it.
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