There is nothing more romantic than Italian food, and well for the month of tenderness we had to get something that is simple yet solely beautiful!

If you can’t go to Italy, it’s time to bring Italy to you at your dinner table. If you’re picturing Pizza or Pasta, let us just burst your bubble right here in the beginning. Of course, these two are the mother of all, but Italian cuisine is so much more than just these delicious dishes. This aesthetically pleasing, rich cuisine has been stored in countless traditional dishes that are a must-have, hidden behind Pizzas & Pastas.

Italian cuisine has a great melding of flavors, aromas, colors, and textures. The recipes of the most astonishing dishes are deeply rooted and passed down between generations. Speaking of diversity, this cuisine is impeccable among the various regional cuisines of Italy. When we mention ingredients such as, Olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage, our mind is forced to remember Italian Cuisine as you will find these basic elements in traditional Italian food.

Our belief is that food can make anything better, especially when the food is Italian. We can sense you have already started to feel hungry, therefore get ready to have a mouth-watering experience while reading all about these authentic Italian dishes that are flavorful and satisfying till the last bite. Enjoy these on a date night with your lover or try these at home since they are super easy to make. Buon Appetito!

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Ragu Alla Bolognese, or also Bolognese sauce is widely used in Italian cuisine with traditional dishes.

Ragu Alla Bolognese aka Bolognese Sauce

Yes, this one is the national dish of Italy and it’s not pizza. Ragu Alla Bolognese, or also Bolognese sauce is widely used in Italian cuisine with traditional dishes such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, pappardelle, fettuccine, and more. Are you also fascinated by its captivating name? Well, it comes from an initial recipe in Bologna, involving Tagliatelle and a rich ragù.

Historians have revealed, Bolognese sauce originates from the city of Bologna, Italy. It is super creamy and thick in texture, with a bright color. This extremely flavorful & scrumptious sauce is made from tomatoes, minced beef, garlic, wine, and herbs. Depending on the mood and occasion one can also use meat to prepare this sauce. Get your hands on some ribbon-shaped pasta and try the Bolognese sauce now! 

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Arancini are simply stuffed rice balls that have the power to curb those cravings.

Arancini

This pleasing Italian dish, originated in Sicily, Italy in the 10th century during Arab rule, has been ruling the dinner table ever since. Arancini are simply stuffed rice balls that have the power to curb those cravings. With golden brown color and crisp texture, these rice balls are fried after being coated in a layer of crunchy breadcrumbs.

To make it as Italian as possible, you can stuff these rice balls with ragù, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and peas. That being said, just like our favorite pizza and pasta, there is a diversity of regional variations of the arancini. You can also try these as arancini con ragù that contains tomato sauce, rice, and mozzarella, or arancini con burro with a filling of creamy béchamel sauce. You can serve with vegetables, salads, relish, or pasta considering the fillings. 

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In some parts of Italy, it is also known as ‘fettunta’ which refers to an oiled slice.

Bruschetta

This Italian antipasto originated in Italy in the 15th century and believe us it tastes finger-licking. It is from the famous region, Tuscany where famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born. In some parts of Italy, it is also known as ‘fettunta’ which refers to an oiled slice. Speaking of its ingredients, it consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.

A true Italian dinner would have this on the table with toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. It might seem like a simple bread, but it’s the most flavorful & tasty dish enjoyed in Italy. While in Italy it is prepared using a brustolina grill and can be served hot or cold. 

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It is amongst the best-known dishes of Roman Jewish cuisine.

Carciofi alla giudìa

Are you having difficulty pronouncing the names too? Well, let us simplify this fancy dish for you, the recipe is essentially a deep-fried artichoke. It is amongst the best-known dishes of Roman Jewish cuisine. This dish originated in Rome’s Jewish ghetto, which existed from 1555 to 1870.

As for taste, it is more like asparagus but a little nuttier and with all Italian flavor a lot delicious. So, to make this, artichokes are braised in white wine, water and stuffed with all herbs and spices. Unlike artichokes, you pick the entire Carciofi alla giudia and eat the outer leaves, which look like potato chips, and then you move on to the center, which has a rich, buttery consistency and flavor. It is best served soft & warm!

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With a sweet taste, this will surely help burst all those sugary cravings.

Panna cotta

It’s time for desserts! Instead of revealing everyone’s favorite Italian desserts like Tiramisu, Affogato, croissants, and others, we have got yet another famous Italian dessert, panna cotta, literally meaning “cooked cream” this one is another world-famous dessert that originated in Piedmont, Italy.

With a sweet taste, this will surely help burst all those sugary cravings. With a creamy texture, the recipe has a hint of rich vanilla and a slightly toasty flavor that comes from golden sugar. The sweetened cream is thickened with gelatin and molded. Depending on your mood and occasion, the cream can be aromatized with coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.

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