Traditional Italian Dishes You Must Try in Italy | Ombretta Cucina + Vino

If you’re traveling to Italy, leave your diet at home. Food in Italy is well loved and well known. The dishes in Italy vary from region to region, but it’s origins is where you’ll find it at its best.

However, you can’t try everything in Italy. You’ll have a finite number of meals and a finite number of space in your stomach. Before you start to panic, we’ve come up with a list of Italian dishes you must try.

Here are the 5 traditional Italian dishes you must try when you’re in Italy: 

1. Saltimbocca

The name saltimbocca is Italian for jumps in the mouth. This is the feeling it gives when your eating Saltimbocca. Saltimbocca is an Italian dish made of veal lined or wrapped with sage and prosciutto. This dish is marinated in oil, wine, or saltwater depending on the region or one’s own taste. 

2. Ribollita 

The name ribollita means reboiled. This traditional soup was made by servants for their own dinners. Servanats would water up leftover minestrone or vegetables soup from the previous day to make ribollita. Ribollita is a famous Tuscan bread soup. This hearty potage is made with bread and vegetables. There are many variations of ribollita, but this dish is tradionallity made with bread, cabbage, lacinato kale, cannellini beans and inexpensive vegetables like beans, chard, onion, celery, and potatoes. 

3. Osso Bucco

This dish is a real treat for meat lovers. The name osso bucco means bone with a hole, which refers to the marrow hole at the centre. Osso buck is a Milanese speciality of cross-cut veal shakes braised with broth, white wine, and vegetables. This dish is often garnished with garlic gremolata and served with polenta or risotto alla milanese depending on the regional variation. 

4. Margherita da Napoli 

Margherita da Napoli is also known as pizza margherita. It’s a typical Neapolitan pizza made with salt, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil, mozzarella for di latte, and San Marzano tomatoes. This dish was first made by poor families and the first person to taste this delicious treat was Queen Margherita in 1889. 

5. Focaccia di Recco 

Focaccia di Recco is a flat oven-baked Italian bread. This dish originated from the Liguria region and takes its name from the town of Recco. It’s also very popular throughout Italy and is usually seasoned with salt and olive oil. However, it might also be flavored with herbs, cheese, and vegetables. 

About Ombretta Cucina + Vino

Ombretta Cucina + Vino is an Italian restaurant in Mississauga with rustic and modern decor located in the heart of Port Credit, Mississauga boasting a sizeable selection of apperitivos, wine, cocktails, and digestivos. 

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