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Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots as far back as antiquity.

Significant changes occurred with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, now central to the cuisine but not introduced in quantity until the 18th century. Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of difference in taste, and it is probably the most popular in the world, with influences abroad.

Italian cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Ingredients and dishes vary by region. Many dishes that were once regional, however, have proliferated with variations throughout the country.

Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine, with many variations and Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) (regulated appellation) laws. Coffee, specifically espresso, has become important in Italian cuisine.


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Torta Tre Monti

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Torta Tre Monti is a traditional Sammarinese cake made of layers of thin waffled wafers cemented together by chocolate or ...


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Berlingozzo is a cake from Lamporecchio, in the province of Pistoia, central Italy. Berlingozzo is a simple ring-shaped cake, and ...


(0 ) cicheti (Italian)

Cicchetti are small snacks, similar in concept to Spanish tapas, which are typically eaten accompanied by a small glass of ...

Neapolitan Pizza

(0 ) Pizza Margherita (Italian)

It is made with tomatoes and in some cases with Mozzarella cheese. It must be made with San Marzano tomatoes, ...

(0 ) Linguine Con Sals... (Italian)

Clam sauces vary, but the best examples of this dish come in a garlic and oil sauce and use whole ...


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Pizzelle is a traditional Italian waffle cookie made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise ...

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