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Famous Food in Italy

Updated: May 22, 2021

Italian cuisine has a great variety of different ingredients which are commonly used, ranging from fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats, etc.
Here are the famous dishes in Italy

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Minestrone Soup (vegetable and beans soup)

It is a thick soup made with vegetables, beans and pasta, rice or potatoes.

Common ingredients include onions, celery, carrots, kale or cabbage, and stock.

There is no set recipe for minestrone since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season


Ribollita is a famous Tuscan bread soup, it is made with bread and vegetables.

There are many variations but the main ingredients always include leftover bread, cannellini beans, Lacinato kale, cabbage, and vegetables such as carrot, beans, chard, celery, potatoes, and onion.

Ribollita means "reboiled".


Carpaccio was first served in 1950.

It is a dish of raw meat or fish, sliced thin and served mainly as an appetizer.

The raw beef is sprinkled with oil and thin slices of Parmesan cheese.


A classic Italian appetizer or pre-appetizer, usually seasoned with olive oil and garlic or olive oil and fresh tomatoes.

Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese.

Italian Pizza​

Pizza is a famous dish in Italian cuisine, consisting of a usually round, flattened base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and various other ingredients baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven.


Pasta is typically made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking.


It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy.

Risotto can be flavored in a hundred different ways.

It is a creamy rice dish made with rice and chicken or beef or fish broth depending on what kind of ingredients the risotto will be flavored with.

The rice is first coated and toasted in butter, then cooked in broth to a creamy consistency.

Parmesan cheese is added to all risotto recipe except those with seafood.


Ravioli are a type of dumpling composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough.

Usually served either in broth or with a pasta sauce, Ravioli are typically square, though other forms are also used, including circular or semi-circular.

The filling varies according to the area where they are prepared it may be ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg, and black pepper.

It is similar to Mantı in Turkey


It is a flat pasta, usually baked in layers in the oven.

Traditionally lasagna wasn’t made with tomatoes, only with ragù sauce, béchamel sauce, and cheese mozzarella or Parmigiano, But now only a bit of tomato sauce is used.

It is made with different fillings (depending on the region) such as meat, vegetables, and cheese, and sometimes topped with melted grated cheese.

Fiorentina Steak

It is considered to be Italy’s best dish.

It is a large T-bone steak, it is at least 4 to 5 cm high and weighs at least 800g, grilled over wood or charcoal fire and seasoned with only salt and pepper, olive oil, and often garnished with lemon wedges.

The meat is sourced from the beef of the Chianina breed in Tuscan.


Parmigiana is a famous Italian dish.

It is made of fried sliced eggplant layered with tomato sauce, basil, garlic, and one or more cheeses then baked.


Tagliata is the Italian name for sliced steak. a thick piece of beef that is grilled, then carved.

The meat is seasoned only with salt and olive oil, sometimes rosemary.


Antipasto is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal.

Typical ingredients of a traditional antipasto include cured meats, olives, pepper, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses, pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar.


Polpette It is an Italian Meatball.

It can be made of meat, fish, potatoes, rice, or vegetables and can be prepared stewed, baked, or fried.