Top 10 Popular Italian Food Items

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6. Biscotti


Literally translated to mean twice cooked. This is as precise as it gets. The biscotti are biscuits which are twice baked. They are elongated almond cookies, are dry and crunchy. As the cookies are very dry they are usually served with wine in Italy. This forms a popular dessert or after meal snack. Outside worlds enjoy it with a cup of coffee. There is a fruity version of this dessert bread. Cherries are popular option to accompany biscotti. This was the classic version. Now days we have chocolate glazed biscotti, hazelnut and pistachios are common addition.


7. Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish invented by Roman guy named Alfredo di Lelio. Alfredo was a restaurateur and the classic version has pasta tossed with cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano) and butter. The trick is to melt the cheese and have it coated over the pasta. This forms a rich thick layer on the pasta. The Alfredo sauce is a common commodity and is widely available. The other versions include lesser cheese, use of starch and addition of chicken, vegetables etc. This is one delicious dish!


8. Spaghetti


Contrary to popular belief, Pasta did not originate in Italy. A version of Pasta i.e. Spaghetti did origin in Italy it is long strings of cylindrical pasta made of flour and water. Italian version is made of durum wheat. Spaghetti is commonly served with tomato sauce and variety of herbs. Olive oil, meat, vegetables are common additions. How can we overlook cheese! Be it parmesan, pandano etc., they make spaghetti much yummier. Spaghetti with meatballs is another popular version.


9. Tiramisu


Whats a meal without dessert and what’s an Italian meal without Tiramisu? Though there is ragging debate over who invented tiramisu or where was it invented, we can all agree this is one of the most popular dessert from Italia. It is made up of biscuits soaked in coffee. Further it is decked with whipped cream and egg yolk. It has dash of cocoa and also liquor flavors. Wonder how it tastes in Italy, it can only be better right!


10. Cannoli


Granted, they are technically a gift of Sicily. However as it was adopted by Italians early on and they passed it all over the world, they are included in the list.  Cannoli (singular cannolo) literally means little tube. They are dessert pastry tubes filled with sweet, creamy smooth cheese. This is the traditional version. The more pepped up version has chocolate chips on inside and powdered sugar on the outside. For kids, there are Nutella or peanut butter filling. These lovely cannolis are as small as fingers to as large as fists. Either way, they are delicious!

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