If I could only pick one genre of food to eat for the rest of my life, out of all the ethnic foods across the entire globe, I think I could only eat Italian food on a daily basis and I would enjoy it tremendously and grow old and fattened up into my retirement years.
There’s just something about Italian food that makes you feel extremely comfortable, and full of course, but it’s more than that. It’s a taste that can not be matched and it’s the traditions that have been passed down for generations that allow the Italians to have by far the most delicious of all recipes known around the world.
Obviously everyone knows that Italian food is known for being very sensuous and tasty, and one of my favorite things to think about when I think of Italian food is the famous Al Pacino movie The Godfather. There are plenty of scenes in which Italian food is featured throughout the classic gangster film, but there is one scene, which is the turning point in which Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) guns down a mobster and a police captain at an Italian restaurant called Louis’ in the Bronx. He takes a gun out of the bathroom and shoots both of his victims to death, but before he does so he sits down and has a traditional Italian meal with the two men, and there’s one line that has stuck out to me for years: Try the veal. It’s the best in the city.
No matter where I go in terms of Italian restaurants I always have to ask about their veal, just to see if they say it’s the best in the city, and more often than not the waiter will respond with something along the lines of our veal is very good, it’s one of the best dishes in the city.
But that’s just what makes eating Italian food so fantastic, especially at a local restaurant. They are always a part of this great ambiance that makes you feel like you’ve plopped yourself right into the heart of a major Italian city like Florence and Rome.
After I travelled through Italy just a few years ago I realized just how important food is to their culture in general, and it really puts things into perspective, especially for a person who lives their life by the motto: Love People. Cook them tasty food.
That really is the way of life in Italy, and of course it goes towards much more than just the normal fettuccine Alfred that you’ll find everywhere in the United States. One of my favorite dishes in all of Italian food has got to be gelato. It’s the creamiest, most delicious form of ice cream I’ve ever had, and when in Rome, you must by gelato. It doesn’t necessarily matter what flavor you get because it all tastes amazing, and it’s the best way to cap a great meal of whatever Italian dishes you like the best.
So for now what I’m going to do is talk about my very favorite Italian food dishes that make my mouth water just writing about them, and this is a list that I created throughout my travels of Italy, although most of these dishes can be found at your local, neighborhood restaurant.
My first dish on the list is Chicken Saltimbocca, which in Italian can be translated into a phrase that means jumps into someone’s mouth, and that’s exactly what this dish does when you order it. It has a great combination of meats including chicken and one of my favorite Italian meats, prosciutto. You add in a little bit of some healthy spinach to get your muscles strong and then sprinkle on the mozzarella, which is a standard for any great Italian dish.
Another great Italian dish that is a must order is veal ossobucco. It’s definitely a little bit different than the other veal dishes you’ve probably ever had in that it’s covered in a very tasty tomato sauce, but it’s going to usually be a thick slice of veal that more than likely actually is the best in the city.
Another great combination of Italian food that I’m always up for is any kind of seafood pasta, and that can include clams with linguine, shrimp and scallops or even mussels, but when you combine all of them together with some fried calamari and some pesto and cream sauce you know you’ll be getting some of the very best past you’ve ever had. It’s always a good call when you get a Mediterranean style pasta from a Mediterranean restaurant.
The thing is if I really had to eat Italian food all the time, all day, every day, I would have to find some healthy versions of the genre just so I don’t have heart attack after a year or so, and one of my favorite healthy Italian dishes include Caprese salad and bruschetta. When you combine these two dishes for your lunch, you’ll be sure to have a lot of energy for the rest of your day. In Italy it’s customary to not eat your dinner until around 8 p.m., but it’s also customary to eat a small snack around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and these types of dishes are always my go to when I need a little afternoon pick me up meal.
Of course there is also the classic Italian dish that no one can ever deny, and that’s the famous Chicken parmigiana. We all know this dish as a life lock for a lot of us, and it’s really easy to make at home. Of course it can also work really well in a sub, and is one of my go to sandwiches when I’m looking to try to make something special in the kitchen with limited supplies. It’s a hit no matter where you are, especially in the Wine Country.
But Italian food is good no matter what you order, that’s what makes Italian culture the most foodie of all cultures around the world, and everyone loves them for that. Thank you to SEO consultant Los Angeles for all of their support!