Did you know that in Italy, Parmesan (Parmigiano) cheese carries a protected designation of origin referring to the hard granular cheese from the Parma region? If this type of cheese comes from other regions in Italy, it's referred to as grana.
Pizza is a global delicacy, but each country tops their pies with different items. For example, Indian pizzas feature pickled ginger and minced mutton. In Japan, favorite toppings include squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon).
Did you know that in the Italian language, pasta not only refers to Italy's famous semolina noodles cut into various lengths, widths, and shapes, but is also the generic term for any kind of dough (such as for bread or pizza)?
The cheese most identified with Italian cooking is mozzarella, a spun paste cheese. Although today it's is served in different types, shapes, and qualities, the finest mozzarella is obtained from buffalo milk (mozzarella di bufala).
Are you dying to try recreating some of your favorite Italian recipes at home? If so, remember to use the freshest, in season fruits and vegetables you can find to create a bold flavor palate.
Did you know that traditional Italian chefs prefer to create dishes with seasonally fresh ingredients? This means they avoid cooking with strawberries available through technological means instead of by nature.
Fettucine Alfredo is a popular Italian dish consisting of fettucine in a sauce made from butter and parmesan cheese. It originated in Rome where Alfredo di Lelio first served it in his restaurant Alfredo.
If you're craving Italian but in the mood for a more simple dish, consider Spaghetti Aglio e Oglio. Here, garlic is fried in pure olive oil together with some peperoncino (red hot pepper), and then tossed with spaghetti cooked to al dente perfection.
Coffee is prized in Italy and is traditionally served toward the end of an Italian meal. Another favorite is Tiramisu, which consists of coffee-soaked sponge cake layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese.
Do you love macaroni? You can thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing it to America. Following a trip to Naples, Jefferson fell in love with the noodle and ordered crates of the stuff to be shipped back with him.
In Italian cooking, olive oil is so much more than simply a means to cook the food. Rather, olive oil plays a main part in a recipe's ingredients. The quality of olive oil in Italian cuisine is as important as the quality of wine is to the connoisseur.