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Italian Classics: The 5 Most Popular Dishes You Need to Try

It’s summer which means that you are probably going to be traveling on vacation. It is a great time to go to Italy and see Rome, Venice, Florence, and Naples. See beautiful pieces of artwork, enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and enjoy the delicious food. Whenever you are going out to an Italian restaurant, you probably know the basics of Spaghetti and Meatballs or Lasagna. These basics are great, and everyone loves them. However, Italian food is so diverse and flavor-filled that you should feel adventurous enough to try something new and different. If you are traveling through Italy, make sure that you try these classics.

Antipasto Plate

Antipasto is meant to be eaten before the main course of the meal. Most   Italian restaurants will have it on their menu. An antipasto platter usually consists of:

Gnocchi di patata, italian potato noodle with tomato sauce and basil

Italian meats – Salami, Mortadella, and Cappicola
Cheeses – Mozzarella, Provolone, and Swiss
Marinated mushrooms
Artichoke hearts

Many restaurants will add their own special touches such as their signature spreads or dried or poached fruits as well. It is commonly served with toasted slices of bread or hearty crackers. This will create a base for the other items on the platter. This is a dish that is fairly easy, and you can definitely try on your own when you come back home from your trip.

Eggplant Parmigiano

Eggplant Parmigiano is a southern Italian classic. It is a great choice for vegetarians. The crunchy breading balances out the smooth texture of the eggplant and mozzarella cheese. It works well as a side for any Italian meal, but it could also work well as a main course. It is a fairly hearty dish.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a southern Italian dish with a little bit of a kick to it. Diavolo sauce is known to be fairly spicy, so it works well with the mild flavors of the shrimp. This is a fresh meal that isn’t too hearty, but has delightful flavors that really display the brightness of Italian food.


We serve mostly Southern Italian cuisine, but that does not mean that we cannot appreciate the rich flavors of Central and Northern Italy. Carbonara is a dish that can be found in most Central Italian restaurants, such as in Rome. Carbonara is a rich egg based dish made from egg, cheese, bacon and vegetables such as peas and mushrooms. It has almost a creamy texture.


This is a Northern Italian classic, but it can be found all across the country. Gnocchi is a type of dumpling usually made from potato, although, it can be made from semolina flour as well. It is a very versatile kind of dumpling that can be eaten with cream sauces, tomato sauces, or pestos.
Italy is well known for its delicious food. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and some of it is simple enough that you may feel tempted to try cooking it at home. Most pasta sauces are fairly simple to make. Sit back and enjoy your vacation. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy every different flavor that you try.


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