One of the best ways of creating or sampling famous Italian recipes without flying to some place in the heart of Italy is finding some authentic and famous recipes on the web. Italian recipes differ in terms of regions, from one area of Italy to the next. This is because with 20 different regions across Italy, each region having a number of provinces, it means there are so many techniques of cooking including flavors that define the most famous of all Italian recipes and cooking. The regional variation is what has made Italy well known since each local type of ingredient gives an awesome specific flavor defined as the seasoning of life.
The Pesto recipe is one of those famous Italian recipes that show the basic nature of recipes and how regions modify them. The famous yet basic green pesto is from northern Liguria region, the place fresh basil is first made into paste after crushing and then mixed with pine nuts, cheese (permigiano) and olive oil. A recent addition to this is red pesto that includes tomatoes that are sun-dried and then added to the famous traditional blend around the Cinque Terre region. For the pesto from Sicily, it is a spicy variation that contains mint, fennel, anchovies, raisins, cappers and chilies.
In most of the recipes in the Northern regions, lesser amount of olive oil is used, as well as tomato sauce and pasta with more cream sauces, cheeses, rice and polenta favored. In each of these locally made recipes, there seem to be an expression of some pride unspoiled countryside has with local game included, as well as quail, rabbit or fowl. It seems that for everything that grows in a specific region, it must find its way into the local meal.
While looking at famous Italian recipes, it is important to remember Italian cooking manifests two sides; innovation and traditional. A huge number of regional variations go with traditional types of Italian recipes with an added local twist, sometimes a new use is developed to come up with a unique taste of the area. Compared to the well-known North America Italian restaurants, the traditional Italian cuisines come in a number of varieties. Spaghetti and pizza are the norm but if you take some time to look into the local recipes prepared by regional or local chefs, the effect will be more fulfilling since enjoyment is enhanced and wonderful memories created out of the experience.
For most people, any reference to famous Italian recipes with a traditional touch conjures the image of family recipes being made in a kitchen by the mother or grandmother. It is the kind of cooking that is an ultimate comfort and delicious. If you want to create or replicate some of the traditional but famous Italian recipes wherever you are, it is important to make sure the Italian region has been taken into account, the area where the recipe originated, including the various ingredients used locally. The recipes will vary but the taste will remain awesome and fantastic all the way.
Article by David Marocchi