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The 9 most popular typical Italian dishes in the world

Typical Italian dishes and, more generally, the Italian gastronomic tradition, as we know, are appreciated all over the world!

A global statistic has established that it is even the most appreciated globally, after its own national cuisine.

Let's see together the 9 most popular typical Italian dishes in the world:


pizza Here we are in Naples, Campania. Pizza is truly one of the most important symbols of our country throughout the world. It was born with the discovery of stone cooking and is essentially a dough made up of flour, water and yeast, seasoned with tomato and mozzarella.

2.Tagliatelle with meat sauce

Traditional dish from Emilia Romagna, with ancient and aristocratic origins. Both tagliatella, served for the first time at the wedding of Lucrezia Borgia with the Duke of Ferrara in 1487, and ragù, which appeared, for the first time, on the tables of the rich courts of Bolognese families in the 16th century. It is a long and thin fresh pasta, accompanied by a red minced beef sauce. Preparing the ragù takes about 1 hour and a half and combines, in addition to the meat, the vegetables for a tasty sauté (carrot, celery and onion), peeled tomatoes, a little wine and salt and pepper.

3.Spaghetti alla Carbonara

piatti tipici italiani spaghetti carbonara We descend again into central Italy to stop in Lazio. In fact, it seems that the first dish of Spaghetti alla Carbonara was created in Rome in 1944, today one of the favorite dishes of Italians themselves.

We are talking about a pasta dish, of a particular shape, long and thin, accompanied by bacon, egg and pecorino. In its simplicity and richness of raw materials, this recipe is one of the cornerstones of genuine Italian cuisine.

4. Trofie with pesto

This time we move to Liguria, specifically to Genoa. History tells us that in around 1200, the city defeated its rival Pisa (another maritime city, together with Amalfi and Venice), taking possession of its treasures. It was precisely hidden among these that he found the pine nuts . By combining the garlic cloves, pine nuts, coarse sea salt, basil leaves and olive oil in the mortar, crushing with a rotary motion, you obtain the pesto, which combined with the trofie, a typical shaped pasta elongated and thin, slightly twisted, they gave life to the most popular typical Italian second course in the world.

5. Sicilian Cannoli

cannolo siciliano A dessert traditionally linked to the Carnival celebration, today it has lost its occasional character and is widespread throughout the territory. Its history tells us that it takes its name from the river reeds in which the wafer was initially rolled. A demanding recipe that requires many ingredients including: sheep's ricotta, candied orange peel, icing sugar, pistachios Bronte, chocolate chips, cinnamon and candied cherries.


risotto piatti tipici italiani Originally from Lombardy and then spread throughout northern Italy, risotto is a typical first course of our nation. Its main characteristic is the retention of starch, which, gelatinized due to cooking, binds the grains together in a creamy mixture.


lasagna One of the symbols of Italianness, lasagna is a dish still disputed today between the cities of Naples and Bologna. Already widespread in the Middle Ages, today they are considered the classic Sunday meal, rich in seasoning and easy to make. These are sheets of egg pasta, a tasty Bolognese sauce, grated cheese and an enveloping bechamel sauce, arranged in layers on top of each other.

8. Arancino

arancino We return to Sicily with this small timbale suitable to be consumed both as a snack and as an appetizer, first course or even main course. The arancino often changes shape and size based on its filling. It is a ball or cone of breaded and fried rice, 8–10 cm in diameter, generally stuffed with ragù, peas and caciocavallo, or diced cooked ham and mozzarella. The name derives from the original shape and typical golden colour, which are reminiscent of an orange, but it must be said that in eastern Sicily arancini more often have a conical shape.

9.Spaghetti with Tomato

This is one of the typical Italian dishes, a classic of Italian cuisine, a simple but not banal recipe. With our typical ingredients, spaghetti, tomato and basil, a perfect balance of taste and flavor is created.

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