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CNN’s 20 Must-Know Italian Recipes

CNN and its travel section are great Italy fans: in 2016 the famous American television channel published an article in the form of a journey in the boot through the regional cuisine – a dish for each of the 20 Italian regions – and, more recently, was inspired by Stanley Tucci’s brand new show (Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy) to pay homage to the beautiful country through a list of Italian recipes not to be missed. No, no, rest assured: there is no mention of the infamous “Fettuccine Alfredo” or “Spag Bol” (the “spaghetti Bolognese”)! These unaffordable recipes, attributed to Italy but typically made in the USA, are not even mentioned – thankfully! Hoping that Americans take notes on what authentic Italian cuisine is and forget (finally) these dishes so fake, here are the 20 must-know Italian recipes according to CNN!

The 20 Italian recipes most loved by foreigners

If you imagine pizza among the 20 most loved Italian dishes in the world, do well: it’s true. But what other delicacies have managed to enter the Olympus of recipes to learn and love according to CNN, one of the most watched broadcasters in the world? Let’s see together this trip to this beautiful country!

  1. Pizza: strictly Neapolitan, with a slow rise, a crunchy cornice and authentic ingredients, the pizza is appreciated all over the world. And, no, we’re still not sure we’ve overcome the Hawaiian pineapple pizza trauma!
  2. Tagliatelle with stew: Bolognese sauce is an art that recalls the culinary tradition, taught from generation to generation throughout Italy; refers to the memory of Sundays spent watching Grandma roll out egg pasta and the smell of slow (or very slow!) sauce in a cooking pot
  3. Pasta carbonara: still on the subject of pasta, the carbonara is a must that the whole world envies us. Purists revere bacon, non-believers also content themselves with bacon; whatever the level of your cuisine, you know that the right path is that of the classic recipe, as laid down by the tradition of Lazio!
  4. Pasta with cheese and pepper: creaming, ah creaming! Never as in this case, the creaming is fundamental in this dish with essential ingredients – but very difficult to combine to obtain the authentic taste of Lazio
  5. Seafood spaghetti: and when summer arrogantly knocks on the door, the flavors of the sea respond! Clams, mussels, langoustines and squid – the more you have, the more you put on your plate which, par excellence, takes us (or takes us back if we were back at our office) to the beach
  6. Pasta with pesto: Liguria catches our eye with a very simple sauce that requires few ingredients: fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, cheese (strictly pecorino And parmesan cheese) and garlic. A taste that smells like summer!
  7. Saffron risotto: the yellow risotto (as the real Milanese call it) is the quintessential comfort food in Lombardy. Made with saffron, butter and lots of Parmesan, Milanese risotto is a classic of the Nordic tradition. If you want to give it a twist, consider its Monza-style version, which includes the addition of luganega sausage
  8. tortellini: we are still far from Christmas, but the main course of Modena is appreciated by adults and children. Stuffed with mortadella, raw ham, meat and parmesan, the small tortellini are as good in broth as dry
  9. Brodetto: the Adriatic tradition is evoked with this fish soup made with red mullet, anchovies and sole. Very tasty, the brodetto is a dish that draws all its richness from the triumph of the Adriatic
  10. lasagna: Could CNN ever forget about lasagna? May it never be! Made up of layers of fresh pasta, meat sauce, bechamel and various types of cheese (there are also those that add ham or mushrooms to the layer), lasagna is the queen of Italian Sundays

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  11. Timpani: this dish with Sicilian and Campanian origins is baked and consists of pasta (or rice), meat and vegetables, all cooked inside a fragrant and crispy puff pastry
  12. Eggplant Parmigiana: a strong dish from Calabria (but also from Campania and Sicily), eggplant parmigiana is a recipe made up of fried eggplant, tomato sauce and lots and lots of cheese!
  13. caponate: Sicily is honored by CNN. Composed of vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and onions, caponata is one of the most popular summer starters!
  14. Giudia artichokes: soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, Jewish artichokes recall the union between Jewish tradition and Rome
  15. polenta: let’s go back to the north with this typical winter dish made of water and flour. A must for hut outings!
  16. Baccala cream: whether you call it stockfish or cod, this Venetian dish dating back to 1891 is typical of the cicheti served in the city of love!
  17. Caprese Salad: designed in honor of a visit to Capri by the futurist poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the most essential salad is a triumph of the Italian flag and flavors; made with mozzarella, tomato and basil, this is the summer recipe par excellence
  18. Piedmontese boiled meat: winter, yes, but delicious! Boiled meat comes from the cold climate of Piedmont and combines the tenderness of meat with the strong taste of boiled vegetables
  19. Vitello Tonnato: we stay in Piedmont for a versatile dish; whether presented as a starter or main course, the vitello tonnato consists of meat served cold, flavorings and a sauce based on tuna in oil (tuna sauce)
  20. Youramisu: what dessert to add to the list of the most delicious dishes of Italian cuisine, if not tiramisu? Dessert with a spoon par excellence, the tiramisu is composed of a dance between ladyfingers, mascarpone and coffee; Originally from Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, it is one of the youngest recipes in our kitchen since it was invented around the 60s!

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