Most Iconic Italian Dishes

Italian dishes; we all know them and we all love them! But what are the most iconic Italian dishes that we all know and love? Want to eat some of the most authentic Italian food? Check out Grapevine Shoreditch.

There are so many great Italian dishes, but what are the most popular dishes, the most iconic dishes? Well, we are going to find out here and now.

The Dishes 

The first dish that always comes to everyone’s mind is always spaghetti, so let’s start with that one. 

Spaghetti is a dish that has long, thin, round noodles called, well, spaghetti noodles. Here is why spaghetti noodles are called what they are. Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine”.

Spaghetti, along with the noodle usually has a tomato-based sauce poured over the top. The next thing that most people like to put in their spaghetti is meat, usually beef. Now there are two ways people usually put meat in their spaghetti, one is to mix ground beef in with the sauce and make it a meat sauce, the other way is to meatballs in your spaghetti and make it spaghetti and meatballs.

Now for the next dish, Pizza! Pizza is one of the most iconic Italian dishes.

Pizza is a dish made from a flatted circular piece of dough, which is then typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese, and usually a few seasonings such as basil, bay leaves, and possibly several other spices.

 There are also many different toppings you can put on your pizza such as olives, pepperoni, mushrooms, different types of vegetables, and many other things. That pizza is then put into a wood-fired oven and cooked.

Our next dish is Lasagna. Lasagna is made with layers of pasta stacked on top of each other. Those layers of pasta typically have some type of ragù which can have meat and tomato sauce, vegetables, cheese, or cheese and vegetables in it along with different types of seasonings and spices. 

Lasagna actually started out as a poor man’s food, and then it transformed from a poor man’s food to a rich meal filled with the ragù, or meat sauce.

The next dish on our list is Ravioli.  Ravioli is a type of Italian dumpling, where they usually stuff some type of meat or cheese between two thin pieces of a flat piece of pasta. That pasta is typically square, but they do make them circles or half-circles at times as well. 

The last dish on our list is actually an iconic Italian dessert called Gelato. Just like normal, we saved the dessert for last.

Gelato is similar to ice cream, although it is not exactly the same. Gelato has a smoother more velvety texture than normal ice cream does. It also has less fat than ice cream does. Gelato is dense, where ice cream has more air in it which makes it fluffier.

Gelato also usually has a more intense flavor than ice cream does.

There are so many other dishes we could talk about, but I will leave you here with these Most Iconic Italian Dishes for you to try for yourself!

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