Every day, you can only eat a certain number of meals and have a certain space in your stomach, but there seems to be an endless number of Italian dishes that you “must try.” You would need to find an “Italian restaurant near me” to try all the best Italian food, from regional specialties to seasonal treats.
Before you start to worry, here is a short list of Italian foods you must try. This isn’t a list of the best dishes, and it’s not even a complete list.
Pizza has to be number one on the list of the best Italian traditional foods. Pizza doesn’t need to be explained because everyone knows what it is, but what you call pizza probably isn’t the same as what they call pizza. Pizza has been made on the Italian Peninsula for hundreds of years, but the famous pizza Margherita wasn’t made until 1889 when Queen Margherita of Savoy visited the city of Naples. The story goes that the queen got tired of French food and asked a well-known pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito, to make her a unique pizza. The pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil was good enough for Queen Margherita. After this, Raffaele Esposito gave his pizza the name “Margherita” and asked the Queen to approve.
Pizza is fresh, simple, and a good size, which lets each ingredient stand out. There are two different kinds of Italian pizza in Eltham: pizza Napoletana, which comes from Naples and is thicker and smaller, and pizza Romana, which comes from Rome and is thinner, crispier, and bigger.
The best example of how simple things can be beautiful… With just flour, eggs, olive oil, water, and salt, we can make more than 400 different kinds of pasta. Fettuccine, penne, spaghetti, and tagliatelle are some of the most popular kinds of pasta. For example, the best pappardelle comes from Tuscany, and the best fettuccine comes from Rome. Pasta can be made in many different ways, like creamy, with pesto, with fresh tomato sauce, or even stuffed. But Spaghetti a la Carbonara, made with egg, guanciale, pecorino cheese, and black pepper, is one of the most popular pasta dishes. You can order food online from different restaurants.
Since rice on its own is kind of boring, the Italians came up with a way to make it more interesting and tasty. This Lombady-style rice dish is made with either Carnaroli or Arborio rice. Risotto a La Milanesa is the most popular way to make it. It has saffron, beef or chicken stock, lard, and cheese. A creamy sauce made with butter and other Pisces holds everything together. In other parts of the world, risotto is made with different kinds of meat and sauces, which gives it different colors but the same great taste.
Arancini are rice balls that are fried. Sicilian and Roman are the two main types. Both have tomato sauce or ragu, Arborio rice, and mozzarella cheese, which is used to make risotto. The Sicilian version is different because it usually has peas and beef in it. Those are common fillings, but arancini can also have other vegetables inside. Arancini are covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, which makes the outside golden and crispy. This is how they got their name, “Arancini,” which means “little orange.” They come with a side of marinara sauce and are one of the best Italian takeaway food. You can find them at market stalls, bars and pubs, and high-end restaurants. A local favorite!
These are some Italian traditional food which you can try on your next visit. You can also order online by searching for “Italian restaurant near me”.