Italian Cuisine

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Traditionally with Italian cuisine, taking a meal is not just about eating. It is a time for family and friends to get together and socialize while sharing some good food. In fact, the traditional Italian main meal of the day used to be a nine course repast, taking several hours to consume. Not so much today, but on very special occasions – like weddings – the nine course meal is still a beloved culinary event in Italy.

Italian Cuisine

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There are four traditional meals taken during the day: Colazione (breakfast), Pranzo (lunch, and the main, heaviest meal), Merenda (mid-afternoon snack), and Cena (dinner).

The following meals are a good sampling, some of the best Italian food recipes, that you would take during a typical day in Italy.

Let’s get started shall we? With …

Italian Cuisine!

Please note: For your convenience, you can click on the recipes listed below and be taken directly to a page with just that one recipe on it, in printer-friendly format.

You are certainly welcomed to read through this whole page, all the recipes are here as well, and there are some videos and pertinent information on background, history, customs, special notes, etc., so it is well worth the read.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order:

Authentic Italian Meat Balls

Cake with Honey and Yogurt

Caramel Apple Cannoli

Clams in Tomato Sauce

Penne con Pesto

Prosciutto Asparagus Cheese Frittata


Ricotta and Meat Cannelloni

Sausage and Skillet Peppers

Wild Boar Ragù

Zuppa di Pomodoro (Italian chilled tomato soup)

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