Italy’s Most Delicious Dishes

Italy’s Most Delicious Dishes

All Italian food is delicious, but there are just some dishes we would never pass up

Gnocchi al Pesto is one of Italy’s most delicious dishes.

To many, Italy is considered the ultimate culinary mecca. No one does food as beautifully and thoughtfully as the Italians do, and there is something about Italian food that, no matter when you eat it, always hits the spot.

These dishes are the crème de la crème.

Pizza Margherita

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Pizza is a given. There is nothing more beautiful and more satisfying than thin-crust Margherita pizza topped off with fresh sauce and mozzarella. Perfection.


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A plate of lasagna can cure any bad day.

Gnocchi al Pesto

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The smell of pesto is so beautiful it feels as if the heavens are parting and angels are singing their way down to earth, and pillows of gnocchi just make this a to-die-for dish.


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Spaghetti is as classic as it gets when it comes to Italian food — at least in the U.S. Nothing else will give you that good, Italian-American comfort food feeling.

Osso Bucco

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The veal is beyond tender and delicate and it’s married perfectly with a rich, flavorful sauce. Thank the food gods that this perfect match was made.


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No list of Italy’s most delicious offerings would be complete without adding a couple of scoops of gelato to every meal.

27 Best Italian Recipes

When it comes to creating colorful and delicious recipes, Italians know how to do it. We love cooking Italian. The smells of fresh herbs, ripe tomatoes, and baking bread always give us an appetite. This is a good thing, as Italian food is always really filling. We’ve pulled out our recipe books and decided to assemble a list of the 27 best Italian recipes to work your way through. See if you can find your favorite?

1. Pizza

Though a slab of flat bread served with oil and spices was around long before the unification Italy, there’s perhaps no dish that is as common or as representative of the country as the humble pizza. Easy, cheap, and filling, pizza has long been a common snack or meal, especially in Naples where tomato sauce was first added. When the Italian Queen Margherita came through the bustling city on a tour of her kingdom in 1889 she asked to try this dish that she saw so many of her subjects eating. A local entrepreneur served her the now legendary combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, creating (or more likely, branding) the Margherita pizza. Whether by coincidence or design, the Margherita also displays the colors of the Italian flag.

Today, there are essentially two types of pizza to choose from in Italy: Neopolitan-style pizza, or Roman-style pizza (though to be honest, many delivery places exist that is a happy medium between the two). Neapolitan-style pizza has a thick, fluffy crust. It tends to be a little smaller in diameter because the dough hasn’t been rolled out as far and it’s more filling. Roman-style pizza is has a paper-thin crust and just the slightest crunch (you don’t want it to be soggy!) It’s larger in diameter but typically lighter and less of a gluten bomb.

Because of Naples’ history with Queen Margherita, the city claims to be the birthplace of modern pizza, although the point is debated throughout Italy. Whatever the case may be, the general rule for ordering pizza in Italy is to shoot for fewer toppings. You should also be skeptical of any pizzerias that load the toppings onto their pies – this can often be a tactic used to cover up the use of poor ingredients. Fewer toppings are a sign of confidence in the product because each topping has to be exemplary. Whichever pizza you might favor, the other rule of thumb is: When in Rome, do as the Romans do, i.e., eat Roman style pizza. When in Naples, naturally, do as the Neapolitans do.

10 must-try dishes when you’re in Sicily

Influences from Arabia, Africa, Spain (and, of course, Italy) make Sicilian cuisine a veritable melting pot of flavour. Here are ten of the island’s most famous dishes that simply must be tasted if you’re visiting the crossroads of the Mediterranean.

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There’s a lot to like about Sicily. Pristine beaches with turquoise waters perfect for swimming in ancient architecture steeped in some of the Mediterranean’s richest history towering volcanoes rising out of beautiful countryside and a relaxed way of life that makes you want to turn any visit to the island into a permanent holiday. But of course, as with most of Italy, the main attraction is the local food scene.

Sicilian cuisine is incredibly unique – while much of it is clearly Italian (there’s plenty of pastas, olive oils, wines and seafood) there are some commonly used ingredients that clearly stand out. Raisins and saffron crop up in the island’s most famous dishes, and cooking techniques differ from those found on the mainland. Sicily has been conquered by a whole host of different nations over the years, including the Phoenicians of North Africa, the Islamic Moors, Greeks, Romans, Normans and Spanish, among others. By the time the island joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the local culture (and food) was so heavily influenced by its past that it was always going to stand out.

Today, Sicily is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s the food that keeps people coming back year after year. Soaking up the scenery and eating some of the best food in Europe – what's not to like? If you’re wondering which dishes you should try to get a true taste of the local cuisine while you’re there, make a note of the ones listed below and get ready to enjoy a sun-drenched, flavour-filled, history-steeped holiday.

And when it comes to recreating those classic dishes at home, it's not nearly as difficult as you would think. A lot of Italy's most famous dishes are actually super easy to cook yourself, so we rounded up 14 of our favorite recipes that even beginner cooks can make — from fuss-free carbonara to impressive-yet-simple arancini.

A note of recipes: Not all of these recipes are true to their origins — many are simple interpretations of Italian classics but delicious nonetheless!

A less intense version of the Negroni, gin is swapped out for sparkling water.

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The History of Italy Traditional Food

Italy food is considered a Mediterranean cuisine, and it consists of unique cooking techniques and top-notch ingredients and recipes that have developed within the Italian peninsula since antiquity. It later spread across the globe with Italian immigrants.

During the colonization of the Americas, there was a significant change to the traditional Italian food due to the introduction of tomatoes, potatoes, maize, capsicum as well as sugar beet. Traditional Italy food is famous for its regional diversity, particularly between the south and the north of the country. This offers an abundance of taste- it is even said to be the most famous and copied cuisine in the world. Italian cuisine has influenced several cuisines across the globe, including American cuisine.

Traditional Italy food is said to have developed over an extended period. Although the current Italian country as we know it today was not united until the 19th century, its cuisine can be traced back to the 4th century BC. During this period, food was essential, and that can be proved by Apicius, a cooking book that dates to the 1st century BC.

The increase of food diversity in Italy started after the Roman Empire came to an end, and each state and city started upholding new traditions and identities. As a result, each region started displaying unique ways of cooking, ingredients, and recipes. Northern Italy came up with Tuscan beef, and black truffles were famous in Marches. Southern Italy came up with mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and they also had attractive citrus fruits.

Furthermore, there were variations in bread and pasta along with cooking styles depending on the region. Northern Italy preferred using soft egg noodles, while the Southern part of the country embraced hard-boiled spaghetti. Bologna is known for tortellini Naples is famous for pizzas, while Milan is famous for risotto.

The traditional recipe for Zeppole or Neapolitan Graffe


3 1/3 cups Italian 00 flour
9 oz potatoes
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 tbsp brewer’s yeast
3 eggs
rind of one lemon
Oil for frying

Peel the potatoes, boil them and mash them with a fork. Dissolve the yeast in the milk at room temperature. Beat the eggs with the sugar, softened butter, grated lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Add the milk and yeast to the mixture and stir with a whisk. Add the mashed potatoes and the flour, stirring until you get a smooth dough. Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Form the donuts by creating cylinders about one inch thick, then connect the ends so they take a donut shape. Place the donuts on a baking sheet with lightly floured parchment paper so they don’t stick. Cover with a cloth and let rest for about 2 hours.

Fry a few zeppole at a time in a large pan with plenty of oil: they only take a few minutes per side, and should be removed when golden brown. Remember, it’s important to change the frying oil often and the zeppole shouldn’t sink to the bottom of the pan, but remain afloat.

Let them dry on paper towels, then dip them in granulated sugar (or powdered sugar), covering them completely. If you want, you can also add a little cinnamon to the sugar for extra flavor. Serve immediately.

70 Best Italian Dinner Recipes for a Hearty Family-Style Meal

Whether you're a picky eater or a bona fide food enthusiast, there's one cuisine that has something for any type of eater: Italian! Pastas galore, rich chicken dishes&mdashan Italian meal is a great choice for any type of gathering. Go ahead and put together these delicious family-style Italian dinner ideas for a hearty Sunday dinner, as is custom in many Italian-American households. We'll take any excuse to enjoy a big bowl of pasta, some buttery garlic bread, and a glass of wine!

Whether you're hosting a large gathering or just coming up with some easy dinner ideas for a busy weeknight, these recipes are just what you need. While there are endless pasta dishes in the mix, we're particularly enamored with the pasta ai quattro formaggi that calls for&mdashyou guessed it&mdashfour different cheeses. Ree Drummond's "Best Lasagna Ever" is also a top contender! Beyond the pasta course, we suggest trying your hand at the classic chicken piccata recipe or any of the other delicious chicken dishes. And of course, no Italian feast would be complete without some savory appetizers to start. Maybe the grilled prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe is calling your name?

Browse through all the amazing Italian dinner ideas below that you can try for yourself. They're simple and so satisfying.

Treasured Recipes From Some of Italy’s Fashion Families

As we continue to eat mostly at home, these storied designers offer some late-summer culinary inspiration.

There may be nothing better than enjoying a summer meal at home: spending long lunches at long tables with thrown-together salads and lots of cold wine, grilling corn and hot dogs at sunset after a long day at the beach, gathering around a table to crack lobsters under the stars. Right now, many of us are cooking multiple times a day and sitting down with family for almost every meal — a silver lining (usually) — and, as we enjoy the last dog days, are in desperate need of inspiration. To that end, we’ve asked some of the fashion designers who posed for our story on family-run Italian dynasties, which ran in T’s Culture issue this past spring, to share a recipe they like cooking for the ones they love. Not surprisingly, many of these light, seasonal dishes will allow you to take advantage of those crown jewels of summer, such as August tomatoes in all their purple-y red glory. Buon appetito!

Brunello Cucinelli’s Panzanella

“In Italy, the sense of tradition is very strong. It is in that context, which I consider a noble one, that our cooking style originated: using the simplest ingredients, where nothing ever goes to waste, and any leftovers from the day before are reused. And it is precisely this custom that has given rise to the most delicious dishes. Meals are always eaten together, with everyone seated around the table, a symbol of the family, the seed of society.” — Brunello Cucinelli, creative director and chief executive of Brunello Cucinelli

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