Top 10 Specialty Food Dishes of Italian Cuisine

Italy is a beautiful country with beautiful people and with world famous food specialties  These specialties have won many hearts and its uniqueness has attracted many countries to adapt their food tradition. So here we present a list top ten specialties dishes of Italian food cuisine.

10. Tiramisu

Tiramisu means “pick me up” is an Italian dessert. Tiramisu is made with ingredients like ladyfingers, coffee, egg yolk and mascarpone cheese. Recipe of tiramisu has been adapted in other food varieties like cakes, puddings and other desserts. Tiramisu is prepared by ladyfingers dipped in coffee, then these coffee dipped ladyfingers are layered with whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone cheese and finally it is flavored with liquor and cocoa. It has different layers of biscuits, egg and sugar, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder is sifted on top to garnish. Tiramisu is garnished beautifully with traditional dark rum, Madeira, port, brandy and cog. Tiramisu’s biscuit layer is prepared by soaking savoiardi in espresso or strong coffee with an addition of flavored liquor.

9. Ossobuco

Ossobuco, pronounced as [os o ‘bu ko] is a famous Italian dish. The dish is specially made by cross cutting veal shanks which are braised with vegetables, white wine and also broth. Ossobuco is of two types. One is modern version and other one is original Ossobuco. The main difference between both the versions is the addition of tomato. They add an optimum amount of tomato in the modern version. The other differences are related to garnishing, older version is flavored with three main ingredients – cinnamon, bay leaf and gremolata whereas the newer version which is more popular includes tomatoes, carrots and celery.  In these onions gremolata is also included on demand.

8. Spaghetti with tomato sauce 

Spaghetti is the most old and popular dish of Italian cuisine. This dish started the trend of new and better experiments in the recipe since all the additions or subtractions in the recipe give a remarkable result. This can be made very easily and quickly and without much effort delicious spaghetti can be prepared at home too. Spaghetti comes with many simple and perfect combinations like meatballs, vegetables, mushrooms, beef, chicken, and many more.

 7. Minestrone

Minestrone literally means big soup, is a famous thick Italian origin soup. Minestrone soup is made with vegetables along with the addition of pasta or rice. Minestrone common ingredients are beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock and tomatoes etc. Minestrone soup does not have any specific recipe it is made using all seasonal vegetables and so it is known as vegetarian soup too. But this soup is also sometimes served with meat or given a meat broth like chicken to give a non-vegetarian taste. Minestrone is one of the most popular and evergreen dish of Italian cuisine. Just like pasta, minestrone too is regularly welcomed for new inventions in it.

6. Risotto

Risotto is a Italian first class dish and its full name is ‘risotto alla Milanese pronounced as [ri’zot; o al; mila’ne; ze]. Risotto is a main course dish which is often served with ossobuco alla Milanese. Risotto is cooked with broth with creamy ingredients. Broth may be meat or fish or even vegetable broth is also used in it and so there are many types risotto’s and mostly contains same ingredients like parmesan cheese, butter and onion. All types of risotto are made with same popular cooking technique of cooking rice in Italy. Risotto is garnished in many ways using different wines and cheese. An Italian strawberry risotto is too exceptionally tasty.

5. Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese is a special variety of Italian cheese which is very hard. The cheese is basically used in spaghetti topping and also different types of Italian pasta. The cheese is grated over the dish along which it is required to be used. There are two types of parmesan cheese – Grana Padano cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The major producers of parmesan cheese are Argentina and United States. It is one among the most expensive variety of cheese found all around the world. So the original parmesan cheese in not generally afforded by a common man. The duplicate products of parmesan cheese are also available in the market.

4. Parma Ham

This dish, Parma Ham belongs to the Parma region in Italy. The major ingredient of the dish is pork. Parma ham is used in a large range of foods like salads and also the pasta dishes. It is a hectic task to prepare the dish since the dish need a long curing and drying of the meat. Also the meat used in the dish has to be carefully selected. The dish contains a large amount of calories. Cream sauce is used to garnish the dish while serving. It adds a different flavor and also saltiness to the dishes it is used with. It completely changes the texture and flavor of the dish it is added to.

3. Cheese

Cheese is the most popular ingredient for many dishes like pizza and pasta. Cheese not just adds texture while garnishing but also enhance the flavor of the dish with the creamy touch. There are many variety of cheese present in the market but the most basic and popular varieties among them are provolone, mozzarella, and cheddar. The cheese which is basically used for garnishing are Ricotta and Romano. Another variety of cheese is processed cheese which is produced specifically for pizza. The cheese is manufactured in different varieties. They have different qualities like fat content, melting, browning and stretching.

2. Pizza

Pizza is one among the most popular dishes throughout the world. It is counted among the most preferred snack all around. Pizza is a variety which is oven baked. In this dish they have a flat round base like bread and this base is being covered using cheese, tomato sauce and various other toppings. It is said that the tomato sauce used as the pizza topping is quite healthy.

1. Pasta

Pasta is a traditional Italian cuisine. The recipe of pasta was developed in 1154. It has many types like cheese pasta, vegetable pasta and many more. Its recipe basically contains three simple steps i.e. taking durum wheat flour and mixing it with water, then forming various sheets or different shapes out of it and then cooked. This dish can also be made using cereal flour and eggs can be used instead of water. Mainly there are two broad categories i.e. one is dried pasta which is mostly made through machines on large scale, whereas the other one is fresh pasta which is handmade and in this chicken pasta is famous one. Pasta is the most versatile dish of Italian cuisine and comes in many varieties with many new ways of garnish using different sauces.



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