Apart from fashion, literature and the arts, the world can give thanks to Italy for smooth Italian wines, chocolate, leather, and pasta dishes that are loved the world over. We love to be inspired by an authentic Italian Dinner.
As a tribute to the taste of Italians, whether in dining or fashion, here is some quick information about an Italian dinner. Fasting flavor, variety, and freshness, Italian dinners are healthy and satisfying and best enjoyed by friends and loved ones.
Italian Dinner Courses
An Italian dinner usually has the following courses in it the antipasto or appetizer, the Primo Piatto or first course, Secondo Piatto or entree, cheese and dessert, digestive liquor, and every single authentic Italian meal should be concluded with wine.
Appetizer or Antipasto
The antipasto or appetizer is meant to be eaten so the chef can have ample time to prepare the first course and keep the guests busy with the small portions of food being served. Remember that these food choices will not make the guests feel full.
Thus, it is best to serve small portions of grilled vegetables, cheese or pesto dips with bread, a light salad composed of tomato and mozzarella, or canapes and ragouts. These small portions are packed with flavor, making the guests look forward to more and without making them full at the same time.
Primo Piatto or First Course
The first course traditionally should either be a serving of pasta, soup, or risotto, but these are again served in smaller portions than you normally would. White or red pasta sauces and flavorful risotto recipes can be served and remember to keep the plate colorful by placing herbs such as parsley as garnishing.
Secondo Piatto or entree
The second course is the heavier meal, as meat, poultry or any protein-rich dish can now be served. It should be made completely of course, with a vegetable siding and salad dressed with a light dressing. All the protein content of the meal should be enough and no heavy cream should be added to the salad so keep the dressing light.
Cheese and dessert
The cheese and dessert pairing are both products of Italy that they are proud of. To help break down the protein and the three servings of food already served, the cheese and dessert should be prepared so the stomach will not feel heavy all throughout.
There are lots of different cheeses that you can expect to enjoy towards the end of an Italian meal, from a sharp chunk of pecorino Romano to a deliciously smooth burrata cheese that’s ultra creamy. Unlike other countries such as the U.K., no crackers will be found while eating cheese as part of an Italian meal.
It’s eaten either with bread or cured meat such as Parma ham or salami Milano. The array of desserts that you can expect to indulge in will depend on the region of Italy you are in or prefer.
Those in the south, in areas like Puglia, will eat very differently from those in the north, in areas like Venice. However, it’s likely that you will find lots of light pastries, such as sfogliatella, along with many flavors of gelato too.
Italian coffee can be served to help digest the food. This digestive liquor still complements the rich flavors of the food in the menu.
In Italy, it’s not at all common to find a latté or even a cappuccino. The two coffee options you are most likely to consume are espresso and macchiato. An espresso is either a single or double shot of coffee on its own, whereas a macchiato is simply an espresso topped up with a shot of milk. You can use a Moka pot at home to provide your dinner guests with the most authentic Italian coffee.
And lastly, a great choice of Italian wine can be used, and of course, do not forget to raise those glasses up as you cheer for good health and long life.
Make it Authentic
What is important in food preparation for Italians is the freshness of ingredients and of course, a serving of their beloved wine. Pair it with a great conversation, add up great friends, and you are in for a great dinner that can bring you halfway around the world. The Italians do know how to appreciate good cooking, and as they say before the start of a meal, Bon Appetit (Buon Appetito), and be ready for a great experience.
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