All you need to know about Italian food

Italian cuisine is one of my favourites and I would happily eat it all day long. It has become somewhat of a speciality of mine to cook something Italian when we have a dinner party, but the dishes are no where near as good as you can find at Italian Restaurant in Dublin www.forno500.ie

My love of this type of food led me to do a bit of research into Italian food. I found out some surprising facts and thought I would share some of them with you. Some of them even surprised me!

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Garlic

We seem to be obsessed here in the UK with adding garlic to our food, especially if we think of Italian cuisine. But in true Italian food you won’t find garlic in every dish, neither will you find garlic bread as standard. Bread is a big part of food in Italy, but it is served plain with butter – no garlic in sight. In actual fact the Italians use very few herbs and spices and only use them in small quantities in their dishes. They believe in allowing the ingredients in the dishes to compliment each other and produce the beautiful aromas and tastes that we have become accustomed to.

Coffee

Italian names have been linked to a variety of coffee types and coffee chains over the years and it seems that more and more of them are popping up on our high street. In Italy itself coffee is usually drunk at breakfast time and is of a milky variety. There aren’t scores of Italians sat in coffee shops around the country at 11 o’clock enjoying a cappuccino. Other than the milky coffee drunk at breakfast time the only other time that the Italians will routine drink coffee is perhaps an espresso after an evening meal with some nice fresh cream.

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Meatballs

If you are asked to think of typical Italian dishes you will probably conjure up images of a beautiful Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese and maybe even Spaghetti and Meatballs. What will be different between your images of the food and the actual thing is that Spaghetti Bolognese in Italy is not sat with mounds of beef on top of the spaghetti and spaghetti and meatballs is not a traditional dish either. The Italians tend not to smoother their pasts with meat unless the dish is described as “al forno”.

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