Food

Is there such a thing as “Italian food”?

Conchiglie

Conchiglie

Italian cuisine developed across centuries of political and social changes, with roots reaching back to the 6th century before Christ. It has been influenced by the cuisines of Etruria, ancient Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Palestine, and Arabia

Important changes took place with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of new foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and corn, now key ingredients in the Italian kitchen, but available in quantity only in the 18th century. Italian cuisine is notoriously diverse all over the peninsula, it is known for the richness of its flavors and condiments, and it is internationally famous for its quality. The principal characteristic of Italian food is its extreme simplicity, with many dishes composed of between 4 and 8 ingredients. Italian cooks count mostly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on complex techniques of preparation. Many well-known dishes have been created by grandmas in home kitchens rather than chefs. Many dishes that were originally limited to their home regions eventually achieved national prominence. Cheese and wine are are an important part of Italian cuisine, with many variations and a specific legal sanction, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC). Even coffee, particularly espresso, has become important in the kitchen.

So, go ahead and indulge. The links at the upper right give you a double path to the delights of Italian cuisine: prepare it at home, using our genuinely Italian recipes, or enjoy it on a night out at one of the restaurants reviewed on these web pages. You get to choose:

Cook Italian
Dine out Italian

Spaghetti

Spaghetti

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