Italians love pasta! Of course! That’s probably why they invented so many shapes, recipes and ways of seasoning and serving it. Indeed, sometimes a few extra simple ingredients are all you need to create a delicious Pasta treat.
When rice and food lovers meet, great things happen! Italy is one of Europe’s leading producers of rice and so the Italians have concocted hundreds of delicious ways of preparing and serving this king of grains. Here you will find a selection of mouthwatering rice dishes, perfected by countless of generations of Italian cooks.
Beside wheat and rice, nature has blessed Italy with a wide variety of other grains – perfect for balanced, varied diets. Here you’ll find a selection of recipes featuring these key grain ingredients.
Meat is an important ingredient in Italian cuisine – its popularity varying greatly throughout the different regions. Italians mostly eat pork, beef and chicken as well as some rarer regional meat favourites. In this selection we offer you a selection of Italy’s best-loved meat dishes.
As a peninsula, Italy is almost completely surrounded by warm, bountiful seas. As a result, fish is popular throughout the country – especially in the main sea faring regions. If you love fish, here’s a selection of recipes to whet any appetite.
Like fish, prawns, octopus, squid and other seafoods are integral to many regional Italian recipes. Considered a delicacy, seafood dishes are often reserved for special occasions and our recipes are a guaranteed treat for the
Vegetables are fundamental to Italian culinary culture. Thanks to the mild climate, Italy produces a huge variety of crops. As a result, there are countless traditional recipes based on these wonderful ingredients. Find them here.
Cheese is one of the most ancient man-made foods and Italy makes some of the world’s most famous cheese and dairy products. Used within recipes or own their own, these are rare Italian treats for everyone.
A staple food across the world, eggs provide a great mix of proteins, lipids, vitamins and mineral salts. A basic ingredient in many recipes, eggs are the main component in many more famous Italian dishes.
Once considered ‘the poor man’s meat’, pulses are great sources of vegetarian proteins, low in fat and high in fibre. Beside being very healthy, pulses are delicious too and can be found in many classic Italian recipes.
Bread is a very common item on every Italian table: be it to mop up one’s plate (the famous ‘fare la scarpetta’); a meal substitute, filled with vegetables, cheese or cold cuts; or the main ingredient of a recipe.
There are some recipes that wouldn’t exist without this simple ingredient: flour. Think about the cakes, the pies – both savoury and sweet – but also about those dishes that are the symbol of the Italian cuisine, like pizza.
There ain’t a better way of describing it, fruits are nature’s dessert! With all those different textures and sweetness degrees, we really have a wide choice. An healthy, delicious option for any time of the day!
A winter treat for our forefathers, nuts are Nature’s stores of energy; rich in nutrients, healthy fats, vitamins and essential amino acids. Great as a snack or as part of a recipe, nuts play an important role in Italian cooking to this day.
Panettone is a famous brioche-like Italian cake originally created more than 500 years ago in Sforza's Court in Milan. This moist and delicious specialty is great on its own, but it also makes a wonderful base for other gorgeous preparations.
Italy boasts a wide choice of beverages; from famous wines and Prosecco, to acclaimed spirits and liqueurs. Great to drink, but wonderful as ingredients and for mixers too.
Soy is a recent addition to Italian cooking having gained a reputation as a tasty and healthy vegetarian and vegan ingredient. Perfect for special diets and as an alternative to other ingredients, Soy is now a firm Italian ingredient.