|Description||Italian cooking probably needs no introduction, as the country's pastas, breads, rice dishes, various antipasti, and desserts have been introduced around the world.|
|Vegetarian Appeal||Italian cuisine is very flexible for vegetarian needs, although vegans have more limited options.|
Your pantry should feature:
Other frequently used ingredients include:
|Unusual ingredients||Fresh buffalo mozzarella puts the generously labeled "mozzarella" sold in vacuum packs at most U.S. grocery stores to shame. In major cities, you should be able to find it, but the pricing may not be to your liking.|
|A Typical Meal||Salads, marinated vegetables, and other small dishes with a minimum starch content are called "antipasti" and can be served before a meal. Some fresh Italian bread like ciabatta or a biga (sourdough) dipped in herb-infused olive oil is a comforting starter. A generous serving of minestrone or other soup followed by a small pasta dish or soupy risotto complete a fundamental meal.|
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