Luscious food forms a crucial part of your vacation and on top of it, Italian Cuisine is something to die for. But the problem arises when it comes to picking up the dishes you can have when on the trip as the cuisine has an endless count of it.
So below we have mentioned some of the most iconic Italian dishes which you must have before leaving Italy
There are so many mouth-watering dishes to tease your taste but nothing captures the essence of Italian cooking more than a Pizza Napoletana. The pizza was invented in Naples, the third-largest city of Italy way back in the 18th century. It is basically a flatbread topped with just 3-4 ingredients. Tomatoes grown in the volcanic soil of San Marzano Sul Sarno are added to it with the right amount of mozzarella cheese and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
Making a perfectNapoletana pizza is an art. An authentic pizza of this kind is baked in a wood-fired oven at 900 degrees for 60-90 seconds. So it is definitely not a thing which you can order late-night during your binge-watching or binge eating session.
This special pizza has three different versions- Pizza Marinara, Pizza Margherita, and Pizza Fritta.
I am sure you can’t stop yourself from having a lasagna if you are an ardent pasta lover. It is undoubtedly one of the most delicious baked Italian dishes. It is a wide, flat pasta noodle that is made in layers. One of the world’s oldest pasta dish is prepared in countless ways.
Its most popular and classic version is Lasagne Alla Bolognese that is made with ragu (meat-based Bolognese sauce), Béchamel sauce topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. On the other hand, Lasagne Napoletana contains sausages, meatballs with ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
The most astonishing fact about gelato is that its inventor is still unknown to the world. No one knows where it came from actually apart from the fact that Italy has perfected its recipe over the years. Unlike regular icecreams, this creamy frozen dessert is made daily by artisans and contains much less fat and more natural flavoring. It even has a separate museum dedicated to it known by the name of Gelato Museum Carpigiani situated in Anzola dell’ Emilia, near Bologna.
Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
There is no specific theory that makes it clear from where this dish exactly originated. Some say that it was a popular meal among the charcoal workers due to the fact that its name originated from Carbonaro that means charcoal burner. But nothing seems to be evident as such.
The authentic Italian Carbonara contains fresh eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, guanciale (pork jowl) and black pepper and is served at various high-class restaurants as well as the typical trattorias. You can have some of the best Spaghetti Alla Carbonara in Rome as well as at Vascello (Monteverde), and Da Danilo (Esquilino).
This dish is typically served during the summer months in Italy. It is a staple diet of Tuscany which is very healthy. A typical Panzanella contains a delicious bread with a tomato salad. But in contemporary times, it has been upgraded with juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, perfectly-sliced cucumbers, leftover bread seasoned with olive oil and vinegar.
Though Italians aren’t huge rice eaters and mostly rely on pasta and polenta, Risotto is a creamy, luxurious Italian dish that is wholly made of rice. This most iconic dish is made by mixing rice with stock and is stirred until they form a velvety semi-soup. It has different versions which include Risotto al Nero di sepia, Risi e Bisi (with pancetta and peas) and the most famous Risotto Alla Milanese.