Italy is known for pasta, including basil pesto, lasagna, spaghetti, orecchiette pasta, egg pasta and ragu. Often, ricotta cheese is used in these pasta recipes with olive oil, asparagus, tomato and meat sauces, basil, porcini mushrooms, eggplants, cauliflower, balsamic vinegar, zucchini and broccoli. Some popular Italian soups include minestrone, chickpea soup and Tuscan vegetable and bread soup.
Breads are quite popular, including garlic bread, ciabatta and focaccia. Salads are often served as an appetizer with bread. Popular meat dishes include meatloaf, turkey breast, grilled chicken, beef and roast pork. Fish includes mussels and cod in tomato sauce.
Pizza, especially Margherita and Sicilian styles, is a traditional dish with origins in Naples. Italy, is also known for its wine industry because of its wide variety of grapes.Learn more about Regional Cuisine