There is no disputing the world-wide popularity of the Caesar salad, but you might be surprised to find out that this salad does not come from Italy. While it is named after an Italian (American) chef, Cesare Cardini, if you attribute it to the place it was created, the Caesar salad belongs to Mexican gastronomy.
Caffè Shakerato – A Frosty Way to Enjoy Your Coffee
The Italians have a way with coffee, and the caffè shakerato is a true testament to that. Perfect for sweltering Italian summers, a bit of sugar and generous scoop of ice transform a standard espresso shot into a frothy, refreshing alternative to a regular iced coffee.
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina – A Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole from Southern Italy
This crowd-pleasing gnocchi casserole from Sorrento is a typical dish of Neapolitan cuisine. A bright tomato sauce gets richness from a hearty dose of cheese and the results are nothing short of amazing.
Paniscia di Novara – Italian Rice & Beans
Like an ultra-rich bean-filled risotto, panissa is a perfect winter dish from the Piamonte region of Italy.
Peposo alla Fornacina – Braised Chianti Beef
A simple Italian dish, beef braised over several hours in dry Chianti with whole peppercorns, served atop toasted slices of rustic country bread.
Pollo alla Cacciatora – Italian Hunter-style Chicken
A rustic Italian chicken dish with peasant origins, there are many versions of chicken Cacciatore but this authentic Tuscan version is by far our favorite variety.
Fagioli all’Uccelletto – Tuscan Bean & Tomato Stew
Packed with the flavors of Tuscany, fagioli all’uccelletto makes the perfect accompaniment to mild Italian pork sausage but is just as enjoyable served as a main with fresh country bread.
Mozzarella in Carrozza – Golden Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
This Italian version of grilled cheese gets an extra dose of richness from a creamy egg bath and has an outer coating of breadcrumbs to make it extra crunchy.
Risi e Bisi – Venetian Risotto with Spring Peas
A Venetian classic, eaten as a main rather than a side, this dish is typically prepared on feast days and was once reserved for royalty.
Gattò – Cheese & Potato Casserole
This crispy and creamy “pie” from Naples is warm and comforting, with a distinctive outer crunch thanks to a coating of breadcrumbs and an extra bit of savory flavor from Italian deli meats.
Saltimbocca alla Romana – Veal with Prosciutto and Sage
The name of this dish literally translates to “jump in mouth”, and after taking your first bite of this Roman classic, it will be easy to understand why.