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February 13th


National ‘Eat Italian Food’ Day

Today’s five things you should know about 

Italian Food

  • It was not until the 1700’s that tomatoes were first found in Italian dishes.
  • The ‘essential’ ingredients in Italian food include: olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage and of course pasta
  • An average Italian meal is divided in two parts, primo piatto & secondo piatto; the primo include a pasta or risotto; the secondi includes any meat and fish meals, complemented by a contorno, a side dish of vegetables.
  • The Italian dessert, Tiramisu, (ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese and egg yolks then flavored with liquor and cocoa) roughly translates to “pick-me-up.” Did you know that this dessert did not appear until the late 1960’s and in the U.S. by the early 1980’s.
  • Italians prefer their pasta cooked ‘al dente’ literally meaning “to the…

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    Gayle said:
    February 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I tried to read more – the 154 more words, but it went somewhere else. I want to know the two parts of the average Italian meal. . .

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