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  • Aubergine and tomato Lasagna

    Aubergine and tomato Lasagne

    We invite you to try a 'Sicilian version' of one of Italy’s favourite dishes. However, in this Lasagna you won't be using any meat. Instead you’ll be using lightly pan-fried diced aubergine, together with the béchamel sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano and tomatoes. Give it a try and you’ll fall in love with this delicious southern Italian recipe.

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pizza
This is possibly the most popular Italian food. A crunchy base topped with... anything you like!
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aperitivo
If you've been to Italy, but haven't had an Aperitivo, then you haven't really experienced Italy! Aperitivo is a time to meet with friends while enjoying a drink and snacks.
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'primo' or the first course
An Italian first course meal is almost always characterised by a 'starchy' course: pasta, rice, risotto or other grains. These dishes are called 'Primo'.
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beverages, cocktails, liqueurs
In Italy there's a drink for every situation, be it alcoholic or not. So, go on, indulge yourself!
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side dishes
Vegetables and legumes are usually served alongside the 'Secondo' or after the 'Primo'.
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salads
Traditionally served at the beginning of the meal or afterwards. Delicious using the freshest just picked ingredients.
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'secondo' or the main course
'Secondo' is the principal course in the Italian menu, it follows appetizers and 'Primo', and is usually meat or, especially, fish (90% of Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean sea so fish is a particular favourite).
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italian breakfast
Italians divide into two groups: those who only need a coffee to start the day and those who wake up dreaming of the typical sweet Italian breakfast.
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appetisers and snacks
Small savoury dishes usually served at the beginning of an Italian meal, in a buffet, or during an easy-going evening with friends and family.
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desserts
Italian desserts are famous the world over and require no more than this brief introduction. Enjoy!

Did you know that...

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...sugary dried fruit is a great source of quick energy and is rich in fibers, mineral salts and vitamins.

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...chips were invented out of spite for a customer who kept on complaining that his potatoes were cut too thick.

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...honey tastes great on cheese: just cut a piece of savoury cheese and drizzle it with some honey.

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...some tasty anchovies can make your usual pizza a wonderful food experience?

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outdoor activities
If you are going out – for a picnic, to the beach or to watch an event, these are dishes you can take with you to satisfy any hunger… out and about.
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Dinner for two
Looking for idea for a perfect dinner with your significant other? In this section we've suggested a range of delicious romantic recipes – guaranteed to warm any heart.
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sunday lunch
These are the traditional recipes that remind Italians of home, family, tradition and coziness! Try them and savour the friendly flavours and feel of Italy.
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dinner with friends
Wondering what to cook for your friends? Here you'll find suggestions on how to easily prepare an enjoyable, impressive and delicious spread, even for large numbers!
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holidays & special events
Some recipes are special, so special they have to be reserved for special occasions. Here you’ll find the dishes Italians enjoy at Christmas, Easter or on special days such as birthdays, anniversaries or other celebrations.