Traditional Italian Foods You Don't Hear About:
If you want to impress your parents or create something unique for your friends, nothing is better than authentic Italian food. The first thing to do is find the perfect ingredients and recreate step by step your traditional Italian recipe.
We have discovered six traditional Italian foods that you don’t read about, easy to prepare and super tasty for your guests. You can purchase most of those ingredients at our Italian online grocery store.
Ready to explore different regional dishes from the North to the South of the Bel Paese?
1. Pasta cacio e pepe
Do you want to impress your friends? Nothing is better than an easy and super fast recipe with pasta. In your favourite Italian supermarket look around for Rigatoni or Spaghetti pasta, great extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and cracked black pepper.
In fact, this recipe could be literally called “cheese and pepper” pasta. Stirring and tossing with tongs finely grated Parmesan and Pecorino cheese will create a delicious sauce.
Don’t forget to save ½ cup of pasta water, so you can create the perfect sauce. Cracked black pepper is the final touch and your pasta cacio e pepe is ready.
2. Salti in bocca
This is a regional dish from Rome. All you need is a slice of veal, extra virgin oil, ham, some sage leaves and ½ glass of white wine. This recipe will take you about 20 minutes, and is perfect for amateurs.
You could create two different versions of Salti in bocca, with the wrap left open or just like an involtino. The veal slices must be soft because you don’t need to cook them for too long. In non-stick pan add the meat over medium-high heat and sear on both sides.
Now you can place a slice of ham and the sage on the top of the meat.
Try to maintain a medium-low heat and add the wine. It’s mandatory to serve the Salti in bocca immediately, to appreciate the delicious and unforgettable experience with meat, ham, sage and white wine.
3. Tuna stuffed cherry plum tomatoes
Thinking about a tasty snack? Let’s try something different with Cherry plum tomatoes!
These small size tomatoes are delicious combined with a yoghurt sauce or with creamed tuna. Once you’ve washed the tomatoes you need to cut the top and scoop out the seeds.
Put each tomato upside down and let’s prepare the filling. Now take two tuna cans and stir in the tuna in a bowl. You can add a spoon of mayonnaise, top quality extra virgin oil and some desalted cappers to make the filling much yummier. If you want to try something different you can add creamy avocado and a mix of herbs to your filling.
Your job is almost done, fill every tomato with this tasty covering and serve to your guests! A final touch? You can drizzle your Cherry plum tomatoes with a tablespoon of your best Balsamic vinegar; a mouth-watering recipe ready within 15 minutes!
4. Cotoletta alla milanese
One of the favorite meat dishes for kids and adults! Cotoletta alla Milanese, also called veal Milanese - a tasty Italian food from the North of Italy. Covered with breadcrumbs and fried in a pan with butter or extra virgin olive oil, veal Milanese is a simple recipe but you have to follow the right steps to achieve your culinary mission.
If you want to stick with the traditional recipe, you’ll have to fry your cotoletta alla Milanese in butter, extra virgin oil could be an option but it will give a different flavour to your dish. Homemade breadcrumbs will cover your meat, creating a delicious crunchy effect.
You will need some flour, like Caputo 00 flour, an essential ingredient for the preparation of veal Milanese. The first step is to pass the cutlets in the flour, the second step in the whisked eggs and at the end in the breadcrumbs.
Fry the cutlets in a frying pan with butter over high heat. The cutlets will be ready within 5 minutes. Cotoletta alla Milanese needs to be served warm and sprinkle with salt.
5. Zucchini and bacon spaghetti
Zucchini is a fresh vegetable that could be an interesting ingredient for pasta. Skeptical about that? Because you haven’t tried yet this recipe…
It’s easy to prepare and incredibly tasty. You have to cut the zucchini and put them in a pan, with some extra virgin olive oil for 5 minutes at the very latest. Then you have to put them in a mixer creating a creamy sauce.
Put the bacon in the same pan and wait until it becomes crispy. Cook the spaghetti al dente in a large saucepan and drain it once it’s done. Now you’ll have to add the creamy zucchini sauce, the crispy bacon and some shredded Parmesan cheese.
We’re sure that the final result will surprise you!
6. Salmon Carpaccio
Combine the citric power of lemon and orange with a slice of salmon. An excellent recipe for fish lovers! All you need to do is cut the salmon in thin slices and marinate them in a bowl with this orange/lemon juice for 15 minutes.
You may enrich this recipe with Balsamic vinegar, a final touch that will power up the salmon Carpaccio on a sweet note. Alternatively, you could add some aromatic herbs, a few leaves of rocket or chopped fresh parsley.
If you want to add a spicy mood to your Carpaccio, pink peppercorns and a slice of ginger, those ingredients are the answer you're looking for.