Italian kitchen 35 dishes you must try

Italian cuisine is world famous and very popular in Russia, but few know that the birthplace of pasta and pizza is famous not only for these two inventions. For those who are going to spend a holiday in Italy, Tripadvice have prepared a short guide to the most popular Italian dishes. Today we present the first part appetizers, soups and entrees.

1. Antipasti (antipasti)

Literally translated as “what is served before the pasta,” that is snacks. This cold appetizers of seafood, meat (often served thinly sliced ham and sausage), poultry, vegetables.

2. Caprese salad (caprese)

Named after the island of Capri and is one of the most famous Italian dishes. A very Patriotic dish, a variety of antipasti, where each ingredient is – tomatoes, mozzarella and Basil – represents one of the colors of the Italian flag.

3. Carpaccio (carpaccio)

Carpaccio is thin slices of raw meat or fish, marinated in lemon juice and olive oil. It is usually served with flakes of fresh Parmesan.

4. Frittata (frittata)

The Italian version of the omelet, characterized by a thousand different fillings, including the remaining from yesterday’s dinner, potato or pasta.

5. Octopus salad (insalata di polpo)

For this salad osmanoglu cooked,chopped and sprinkled with lemon and olive oil. Often in this salad also add the potatoes.

6. Bruschetta (bruschetta)

Traditional Italian appetizer, something like “hot sandwich”. Slices of bread, fried and rubbed garlic and olive oil and then spread the filling serchu – it could be ham, mozzarella, tomatoes, olives and so on. The most popular type of bruschetta with tomato and Basil.

7. Focaccia (focaccia)

Focaccia is a traditional Italian bread like “pizza without toppings”. In the Focaccia in abundant olive oil, salt and spices, often there also add tomatoes, cheese, olives or onions.


8. Minestrone (minestrone)

9. Caciucco (cacciucco)

This fish soup is prepared with added tomatoes and white wine. In the resulting gravy to float all kinds of seafood: mussels, octopus, fish and squid.


First courses in Italy is not called soups and pasta and rice dishes. Here are the most known:

11. Pizza Margherita (pizza Margherita)

Italian pizza is made on thin crust. The most popular type of pizza from the Italians – that’s Margherita, with tomato, mozzarella and Basil. In every city there are places where the pizza is very cheap and sell in pieces (a taglio), buying a slice of pizza with him (a portar via), you can save at lunch time and money!

This Italian pie, actually is a closed form of pizza, which for this recipe after putting some toppings folded in half.

1 3. Arrabiata pasta (pasta alla arrabbiata)

Arrabiata pasta served with a sauce of tomatoes, garlic, Basil and red chili cooked in olive oil. The word “Arrabbiata” in Italian means “angry, mad” and is intended to convey the seriousness of the dish, which gives it pepper. The sauce is usually served with spaghetti or Penne (penne is italiysky means feathers, which rather accurately describes this type of paste).

14. Pasta Bolognese (Bolognese pasta, called pasta al Ragu)

The world famous Bolognese sauce come from, as you probably guessed, from Bologna, and consists of meat, tomato paste, onions, carrots and cheese. Usually served with tagliatelle (tagliatelle, long flat noodles) or spaghetti.

15. Cannelloni (cannelloni)

Lasagna is a “sandwich” of plates of pasta and toppings (sauce Bolognese, spinach, tomatoes or vegetables), drenched in Bechamel sauce and sprinkled thickly with grated cheese. Baked in the oven. Recently a couple of enthusiastic British scientists dug up a mention of climbing in the British medieval cookbook and now seriously argues that the lasagna is British, not Italian dish.

18. Gnocchi (gnocchi)

Gnocchi – so read this eerily written word, the name of a harmless and very delicious. Gnocchi is an Italian dumpling made from potato, semolina, cheese or cottage cheese and served with tomato or any other sauce.

19. Risotto (risotto)

Especially popular in Northern Italy. For cooking risotto uses a special rice varieties, and lots of additives in seafood, mushrooms, vegetables or meat.

Best of all, if the consistency of the dish will be creamy – rice stewed in broth, and the dish is almost ready add the mixture of butter and cheese.

20. Polenta (polenta)