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Pizza pugliese (left) and Pizza Margherita (DOC) (right)
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert

This is a list of Italian dishes and foods. Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots as far back as the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine has its origins in Etruscan, ancient Greek, and ancient Roman cuisines. Significant changes occurred with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, now central to the cuisine but not introduced in quantity until the 18th century.[1][2] The cuisine of Italy is noted for its regional diversity,[3][4][5] abundance of difference in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world,[6] with influences abroad.[7]

Pizza and spaghetti, both associated with the Neapolitan traditions of cookery, are especially popular abroad, but the varying geographical conditions of the twenty regions of Italy, together with the strength of local traditions, afford a wide range of dishes.

Dishes and foods

The cuisine of Italy has many unique dishes and foods.

Zuppe e salse (soups and sauces)

Main article: List of Italian soups

See also: List of soups and List of sauces

Pane (bread)

"Italian bread" redirects here. For American "Italian bread", see Italian-American cuisine § Breads, sandwiches, and savory baked goods.

Freshly baked pesto bread
Pane sciocco

Common pizzas

A focaccia
Neapolitan pizza (Margherita)

Pasta varieties

Main article: List of pasta

Some different colours and shapes of pasta, at a pasta specialty store in Venice

Pasta dishes

See also: List of pasta dishes

Gnocchi di ricotta, dressed in butter and sage

Rice dishes

See also: List of rice dishes

Arancini from Palermo
Risotto alla milanese con ossobuco di vitello piemontese

Rice (riso) dishes are very common in Northern Italy, especially in the Lombardia and Veneto regions, though rice dishes are found throughout the country.

Pesce (fish dishes)

See also: List of fish dishes

A variation of acqua pazza, a fish dish featuring black olives, scallions and mushrooms
Cappon magro

Carne (meat dishes and cured meats)

Rabbit cacciatore
Cotoletta with potatoes

Verdura (vegetables)

See also: List of vegetable dishes


Nut dishes

Vino (wines)

Further information: Italian wine, Lists of Italian DOCG, DOC, and IGT wines.

A glass of Lambrusco
Sangiovese grapes
Vineyards in the Valpolicella region

Formaggi (cheeses)

Further information: List of Italian cheeses, and the more select List of Italian PDO cheeses

See also: List of cheeses


Cheese dishes

Desserts and pastry

Main article: List of Italian desserts

See also: Sicilian cuisine – Desserts and sweets and List of desserts

Cannoli Siciliani
A semifreddo dessert
* Aceto dolce – fruit preserves made with vinegar, honey, and grape juice[27]

Caffè (coffee)

Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans

Famous dishes

Unique dishes and foods by region

Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Main article: Cuisine of Veneto

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol




Val D'Aosta

Piedmont (Piemonte)

Bagna càuda with ingredients
Panna Cotta with cream and garnish




Boiled cotechino (top) served with polenta and lentils



Tuscan bread specialties


Specialties of the Norcineria (Umbrian Butcher)

Olive ascolane


Unique ham and sausage specialties



Abruzzo and Molise


Spaghetti alle vongole

Apulia (Puglia)

Orecchiette alla carbonara

Apulian bread specialties


Pasta con peperoni cruschi


Sicily (Sicilia)

Main articles: List of Sicilian dishes and Sicilian cuisine

Sardinia (Sardegna)


Most important ingredients (see also: Italian Herbs and Spices):

Other common ingredients:

Balsamic vinegar
Pasta being prepared in a pasta machine

Herbs and spices

Main article: List of Italian soups

See also: List of soups and List of sauces

See also


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