Italian food has some of the most recognizable meals, whether it’s the simple spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, or pasta with buttermilk fettuccine, there’s an endless list of Italian classics. It’s easy to think about pasta when you hear Italian food, from a classic lasagna to delicious ravioli, Italians have mastered the art of pasta. But there’s so much more to Italian food, including the classic way to cook rabbit, and of course chicken parmigiana. Don’t forget about Italian desserts like rich gelato, the elegant ricotta and coffee mousse, or especially the chocolate, olive oil, and sea salt budino. There’s a reason why the Italian cuisine is considered one of the best in the world, so here our are favorite classic Italian recipes to prove it.
A.k.a. pizza rustica and pizza chiena, this Italian classic calls for a whopping 18 eggs and two pounds of charcuterie, and we’re in love
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Finish your fettuccine in buttermilk for this rich and tangy winter dish.
Swiss Chard Anzelottos with Pomodoro Sauce
From the tortelli family, anzelottos are rectangles often with ridged edges. “They’re made with a thicker, bright white dough of plain semola flour and hot water, which penetrates the proteins in the rustic flour more easily,” chef Evan Funke of Felix in Los Angeles says. Get the recipe for Swiss Chard Anzelottos with Pomodoro Sauce »
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Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
Elegant and easy to prepare, a classic mousse flavored with espresso and topped with a dusting of chocolate is a great way to end a romantic meal.
The traditional Bellini is made with white peach puree and sparkling wine, but the addition of a high quality peach brandy intensifies and sweetens the cocktail. Get the recipe for Bellini »
Tuscan Bean Soup
Cannelini beans, carrots, onion, squash, potato, and kale combine to make a hearty, warming soup. Served with a slice of country-style bread, the dense and slightly sweet soup is the perfect remedy for cold weather. Get the recipe for Tuscan Bean Soup »