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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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Duck A L'orange

(0 ) Duck À L'orange, ... (French) (Italian)

Aclassic French dish in which a duck is roasted and served with an orange sauce. The Italians claim it migrated ...


(0 ) bombolonases, Bo... (Italian)

It is an Italian filled doughnut similar to the Berliner and is eaten as a snack food and dessert.


(0 ) St. Joseph's Day ... (Italian)

It is an Italian pastry consisting of a deep-fried dough ball of varying size but typically about 4 inches (10 ...


(0 ) Zippula (Italian)

It is fried dough from Calabria, Italy. In Calabrian cuisine, zippuli are made with fried potatoes and sometimes anchovies.


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Ciarduna is a traditional sweet pastry from the province of Palermo, Sicily (Italy). It consists of an almond cookie shell ...


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This cocktail is a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar. This cocktail originated in Venice, Italy.


(0 ) Pan D'oro (Italian)

A traditional Italian sweet yeast bread, most popular around Christmas and New Year. Typically a Veronese product, pandoro is traditionally ...

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