George Miller once said: “The trouble with eating Italian food is, 5 or 6 days later, you’re hungry again.”
Italian food is one of the few foreign cuisines that has truly impressed us Desis. Apart from being incredibly tasty, this Mediterranean cuisine is widely popular as one of the best food choices for a romantic date.
Another great thing about Italian food – it scores high on the comfort food scale. Have you ever seen a sad person eating pasta? Pasta makes everyone happy.
And that’s Italian food in a nutshell. Pay close attention; we’re going to show you 5 of the best dishes from Italia that you need to experience before you die. Andiamo!
1. Pasta Carbonara
Carbonara is a pasta dish famous in Rome. It is made with eggs, cheese, black pepper, and bacon. The dish (carbonara, not pasta itself) was created in Rome in the middle of the 20th century. It is prepared by mixing eggs, cheese and black pepper with hot pasta. Next, chefs add fried pork. Your capocuoco (that’s chef in Italian) then tosses the mixture till it becomes a creamy sauce.
The ‘carbon’ in ‘carbonara’ comes from the fact that pasta carbonara was popular among Roman miners.
Did you know? Earlier, the cheeks of pigs (guanciale) were used to make carbonara. Since that’s a little harder to find, chefs use bacon instead. And we can’t complain, because #baconequalsecstasy.
The risotto is a rice-based dish that originated in Northern Italy. It’s cooked in a creamy broth, and contains butter, onions, and fine Italian vino. You can also add meat, vegetables or mushrooms to the broth. Eating this dish, the heady flavours of onion and butter vye for your attention.
There’s a catch to this dish: once you start eating risotto, we bet you can’t stop!
Eating this dish, you’ll catch a glimpse of heaven.
Bruschetta is one of the tastiest antipastos (appetizers) in Italian cuisine. You grill bread, rub it with garlic, and garnish with a bit of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
This might sound plain, but any Italian will tell you otherwise. Toppings like meat, beans, tomatoes, and vegetables are popular, and take the bruschetta experience to a whole new level. Bruschetta is deliciously crispy because of the grilled bread, and tangy because of the tomato.
Now where’s that can of cheese?
Hope you have some room for dessert, because we have something for dessert lovers—tiramisu.
The word tiramisu, literally means ‘pick-me-up’: talk about comfort food. Tiramisu is coffee flavoured, and made using a complex, tasty recipe: pay close attention.
This dessert is made by dipping ladyfingers (no, not bhindi. This is a biscuit) in coffee. They are then layered with a mixture of eggs, cheese and sugar. In the end, you add flavour using cocoa. The taste of coffee blends beautifully with the sweetness of cocoa. People have also made a number of variations of this dish, adapting it into other dessert creations and cakes.
This is a summer dish that’s popular in northern Italy. Panzanella tastes best when you use old bread. It has chunks of soaked stale bread, onions and tomatoes; these are dressed with vinegar and olive oil. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add a hint of basil.
Perfect for a summer evening, panzanella is a great dish to bond over with family. What’s better than good family time with some good old Italian comfort food?
If your mouth is already watering, give your taste buds a break and get in on some Italian action! Whip out that smartphone, open Swiggy, and order one of these Italian dishes immediately.