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Italian Cuisine

Buon Gusto!

From big Bolognese ragu to simple Sicilian sardines, it's all Italian. Yet Italy's celebrated dishes are sources of great local pride in the places that developed them.

Importance of Place

Some dishes are so closely connected to place that they've assumed the name of their town of origin. In Italy, ordering la Fiorentina gets you a grilled T-bone; una Milanese, a breaded veal chop.

Family Tradition

Traditional Italian regional cuisines were perfected in home kitchens. Shared among family and friends over generations, it's no wonder we serve Italian food when the brood's all together.

Exceptional Ingredients

Italian cuisine offers a whole world of ingredients--fresh seafood, seasonal veggies, cured meats, beautiful cheeses, savory herbs--prepared in ways from simple to elaborate.

See our Authentic Italian Recipes Collection.

Comments
Sep. 21, 2009 2:53 pm
I have a question... what side dishes can I serve with Spaghetti? I usually don't have any side dishes. TIA... =)
 
Mary B 
Oct. 1, 2009 3:12 pm
Imake sausage or meatballs, a salad,and crusty bread with freshly grated parmesan and olive oil to dip the bread. Works for us!!
 
NANAPATIO 
Oct. 2, 2009 1:34 pm
spinach!
 
Nov. 3, 2009 11:32 am
Veggies! I always serve with green beans and bread~~yumm!
 
Nov. 6, 2009 4:10 am
Whenever I make pasta I always have a nice crisp salad and warm garlic bread to go with.
 
Jan. 27, 2010 6:43 am
As long as you have meat in the sauce, all you need is a salad. All your food groups are covered (besides, its filling enough already!). BTW, remember to serve the salad AFTER the pasta dish...it's the only way Italians eat it!
 
Momily 
Jan. 28, 2010 3:21 pm
I agree, if there is meat in the sauce, a salad is sufficient. If not, I'll make meatballs, or chicken breast/ chicken parmigiano. Spaghetti should really be served as a side dish and not a main course. If you are watching your calories, please be careful of the portion size of pasta; only 1/2 cup spaghetti is 1 serving.
 
pop 
Jan. 29, 2010 4:49 am
I serve it with mashed potatoes
 
Jan. 31, 2010 3:17 pm
Ice cream with prawns? I think I'm going to be ill! haha. I always serve spaghetti with garlic bread and a salad. But like others have stated, if it has meatballs or meat sauce, just a salad or bread is sufficient as a side.
 
Marti 
Feb. 11, 2010 8:30 am
creamed spinach goes well, or some fresh asparagus.
 
Feb. 19, 2010 6:22 am
Amanda, you needed to note where that post came from. The girl writing was an Italian cook..in Italy. She was poking fun at the question. Note the later comment that spaghetti stands alone as the first course when served in the correct Italian way. Salad is good, but should come after. I like to do this too. It gives a good balance. If you're worried about nutrition, you can always make "kitchen sink" spaghetti. My family loves it. I hide just about every veggie under the sun: shredded carrot, zucc,, finely chopped broccoli, etc, in there; along with plenty of garlic, olive oil, and a splash of red wine. Delish! And then my kids eat their veggies right up!
 
tshrout1 
Feb. 20, 2010 8:49 pm
I agree with Mary, salad and crusty bread.
 
TexasRagu 
May 19, 2010 9:34 am
Yes, but in the USA we don't do courses at home or during everyday meals. Even semi-formal meals are served with only 3 courses. I realize the Italians eat course as a matter of tradition (taught that way and don't know any other way) Salad with homemade Italian dressing gives a good contrast and the flavors marry well in your mouth. What Italian doesn't love hot bread? My father always compliment the bread!! After we had cooked all day..have to laugh. I, some times, serve with Italian style green beans.
 
TexasRagu 
May 19, 2010 9:36 am
Yes, but in the USA we don't do courses at home or during everyday meals. Even semi-formal meals are served with only 3 courses. I realize the Italians eat course as a matter of tradition (taught that way and don't know any other way) Salad with homemade Italian dressing gives a good contrast and the flavors marry well in your mouth. What Italian doesn't love hot bread? My father always compliment the bread!! After we had cooked all day..have to laugh. I, some times, serve with Italian style green beans.
 
Rosina 
Jun. 15, 2010 9:20 pm
Actually, you don't really need a side dish to serve with Pasta since it's filling enough without a side dish. I serve a Salad, which is eaten after the meal. You may also have bread on hand.
 
Robin318 
Jul. 17, 2010 10:34 pm
What I have to have with any pasta dish... It's a Cucumber salad... I peel a cucumber, leaving some green, for a crispier cucumber bite... slice the cucumber length wise and clean out the seeds... slice the halves, add salt let em sit for a few min, add garlic and crushed red pepper to your taste, AMAZING WITH PASTA!!! Love, Love, Love it!!!
 
grill4all 
Aug. 6, 2010 5:35 am
definitely a good salad and crusty bread make a perfect side.
 
john 
Oct. 2, 2010 9:35 am
wonderful to read that you love Italian food....
 
denise 
Oct. 2, 2010 1:16 pm
I ALWAYS have a sidedish with my spaghetti. Usually it's a salad, with every veggie I like and garlic toast. With the garlic toast, I usually cheat and guy a box from the frozen section at the grocery store.
 
Oct. 4, 2010 12:30 pm
I serve Spaghetti with a side order of veggies... the California Medley of Broccoli, Carrots and cauliflower tastes great with the spaghetti sauce and my kids have come to expect the veggies and bread!
 
byron 
Oct. 6, 2010 8:48 am
a bottle of good wine
 
Hang10 
Jan. 5, 2011 8:45 am
Salad and Bread, but why not throw some nice leafy greens such a brussel sprouts in the mix?
 
Jan. 12, 2011 5:47 am
HI JUST JOINED ALLRECIPES..I LOVE PASTA ANS SPAGHETTI SAUCE..EVERY TIME I MAKE IT NEVER COMES OUT THE SAME,,BUT IT IS WONDERFUL
 
Linda 
Feb. 7, 2011 4:15 am
if its not pasta with meat and just regular simple pasta then breaded chicken escalope would be great with it..
 
Mar. 13, 2011 6:08 pm
A mellow red wine is best in that it doesn't compete with the spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread would induce heartburn; just a nice rough Italian/French bread would be best and more digestible, start off with a nice broth, include an uncomplicated salad... And whatyourface three comments above mine, watch you language!!!
 
JackieB 
Oct. 9, 2011 7:01 pm
Try Sauteed Escarole - that's what the Italians serve as a side dish - buy 2 heads of escarole (to feed 4), wash it and dry it, then put it in a large pot with about 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and 1 Tablespoon of minced fresh garlic (3 - 5 cloves). Cook over medium heat and stir regularly. The greens will reduce a lot. When softened and fully sauteed, serve as a side warm.
 
 
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