A truly authentic Italian recipe made from only the freshest ingredients grown on Italian soil is without doubt one of the great pleasures of life.
Italian foods are deservedly world famous and these recipes are the best of the best
I must just warn you though that if you want your Italian recipe to taste like it does in Italy you need to use authentic Italian food products. It REALLY does make the world of difference to the final result.
My site focuses mostly on Piedmont, (please visit my Piedmont recipes page) Sardinia and le Marche. But...
I felt it would be remiss of me to not include some great Italian dishes from other regions of Italy.
I have tried to give a broad range of recipes and I have included recipes ranging from a panettone recipe (Italian Christmas cake) through to traditional recipes like an authentic recipe for cannelloni and a couple of recipes for fettuccine - one with a cream sauce and the other Genoan (Genovese) style.
The tiramisu recipe is also very, very good.
Some are very simple to make but are still fabulous. Whichever one you try I'm sure you'll enjoy it...a taste of Italy makes life just a little more dolce wherever you may be!
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Now let me get on with the recipes...
The Marches (discover more here) is one of the lesser known culinary regions of Italy. Le Marche has a cuisine that combines the best Italian cooking traditions of Northern Italy with the great culinary traditions of South Italy.
The region is marked by two distinct culinary types. The first is that of the coastal region where seafood dominates. The seafood soups and seafood recipes of this region are legendary throughout Italy. Inland the cuisine is dominated by the truffle, mushroom and olive.
The olive is in fact probably the unifying element of Marchese cuisine, being used often on both the coast and inland. The olives of Le Marche are as renowned in Italy as their Tuscan cousins and are noted for their huge size.
The great taste of the olives themselves is further enhanced by the awesome stuffed olive antipasti of this area. The olives are stuffed with mince, parmesan, egg and spices. The amazing taste that results is impossible to describe.
My personal all time best when it comes to local dishes are some of the inland meat recipes, mostly involving lamb and pork.
Desserts in Le Marche are not really anything special. Most are based around almonds and fruit and the frustingola consisting of dried figs, almonds and dark chocolate is probably the best to try.
Wine is also good in the Marche as wine in Italy invariably is. In the main the most common varieties are Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Trebbiano and Verdicchio. The most famous Le Marche variant is undoubtedly the Verdicchio, the perfect accompaniment to seafood dishes. The Matelica variety is particularly good. My favourite red is the Conero from Ascoli Piceno.
If you are not into cooking then I suggest you go to my le Marche restaurant review page where you will find my personal recommendations of Le Marche restaurants I can thoroughly recommend.
Click here for a favorite Marche recipe of mine.
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