Exploring Italian Food & Culture

Food is a vital part of Italian culture and here you'll discover regional cuisine, holiday and special occasion recipes and cultural rules and guidelines.
Rosemary Focaccia on a cooling rack
Rosemary Focaccia Recipe
Antipasti platter
What Is Antipasto?
What Is Bottarga?
What Is Colatura?
New Haven white clam apizza on a pizza peel
What Is Apizza?
Balsamic vinegar in a glass bowl
What Is Balsamic Vinegar?
A view over the Ugolini vineyard in the Valpolicella wine region
The Wines of Valpolicella
Food stand in Florence, Italy
Trippa - Tripe in Traditional Italian Cuisine
Pickled vegetables in glass jars
Italian-Style Pickled and Oil-Packed Vegetables (Sottoli and sottaceti)
Homemade liqueurs
Homemade Italian Liqueurs
Roast Chestnuts in the Oven recipe
Oven-Roasted Chestnuts Recipe
Mascarpone with lemon zest in a white bowl with fresh raspberries on the side
What Is Mascarpone Cheese?
Serving and Cooking With Parmigiano-Reggiano
mozzarella cheese illustrated explainer
What Is Fresh Mozzarella Cheese?
Slice of Alpine cheese (mountain cheese) on a plate
Alpine Cheese
Grana Padano
Grana Padano Cheese
Sottocenere cheese (Italian)
Italian Truffle Cheese (Sottocenere)
what is brunel
Brunet Cheese
La Tur cheese
La Tur Cheese
Provolone cheese on a wooden cutting board with a knife
Provolone Piccante Cheese
Grana Padano cheese, crumbled
Parmesan Cheese Substitutes
Balsamic vinegar
Learn the Correct Way to Select and Store Balsamic Vinegar
Homemade ricotta cheese recipe
Homemade Ricotta Cheese With Buttermilk
Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori in Florence, Italy
A Food Lover's Guide to Florence, Italy
illustration featuring facts about amaretto
What Is Amaretto Liqueur?
Zeppole di Giuseppe cream filled doughnut recipe
Ricotta Cheese
What Is Baked Ricotta?
easy homemade pizza sauce in a saucepan.
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
Amaretto in a glass
Amaretto Liqueur History
How to Make Polenta
View of a mixed selection of cheeses - Swiss, gouda, Queso blanco, Bel Paese, and Crescenza, and mozzarella - arranged on a wooden cutting board with French bread and an onion, 2004.
Stracchino di Crescenza
Easy Traditional Risotto
Easy Traditional Risotto
Fresh Mozzarella Slices
The 6 Types of Mozzarella Cheese
Ossobuco and Milanese-style saffron risotto
The Cuisine of Milan
Sicilian Pizza
What Is Sicilian Pizza?
The four regions of Central Italy
Central Italian Cuisine by Region
Italian salumi
A Guide to Italian Salami, Charcuterie, and Cold Cuts
Pizza with mozzarella, chorizo and arugula on wooden cutting board.
Best Pizza of the Month Clubs
Strips of baccala laid out for sale
Recipes for Baccala: Italian-Style Salt Cod
Easy Baked Polenta With Parmesan Cheese
Baked Polenta With Parmesan Cheese
Bresaola with arugula and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
What Is Bresaola?
A Chianti Classico from Isole e Olena winery, Tuscany
Isole e Olena: A Classic Chianti Winemaker
Beetroot soup with slice of ash-dusted goats cheese on top
How Ash Is Used in Cheesemaking
Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino, served with grated ricotta salata
Ricotta Salata Is a Versatile Cheese to Finish a Dish
Burrata Cheese
Marinara Sauce
Salsa di Pomodoro alla Napolitana (Neapolitan-Style Marinara Sauce) Recipe
Four-Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipe
How to Cook Pasta for Perfect Results Every Time
Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur
What Is Gran Gala Orange Liqueur?
Sicilian Style Square Pizza Recipe
Daughter presenting an Italian Easter cake to her family
A Typical Italian Easter Dinner
Homemade Panini Bread
Homemade Panini Bread
Robiola Rocchetta Italian Cheese
A regular-sized bistecca alla fiorentina cooking on a grill
How to Cook and Serve Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Grilled pizza
Using Your Grill the Italian Way
How to Eat Spaghetti: Wrong!
How to Eat Spaghetti Like an Italian
Meat for sale at a market in Italy
10 Classic Italian Pork Dishes
Homemade crispy frappe, thin pieces of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar
Traditional Italian Carnival Foods