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Ciao Italia

Come to H-E-B and take a tour of Italy by way of your taste buds. Sample recipes inspired by Italian cities such as: Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples.

Try our collection of unique Italy inspired recipes:

Northern Italy: Lombardy Region

Just below Switzerland is the Lombardy Region of Italy, home to the capital city of Milan--famous for first course dishes like rice, polenta and risotto. Osso Bucco Risotto is a typical Milanese meal, and one of only a few instances of a "Piatto Unico" - a dish where meat, typically a second course, and risotto, a first course, are served together on the same plate.

Cotoletta a la Milanese

Northern Italy: Tuscany

As we travel south from the Lombardy Region, we begin to enter Tuscany. Tuscany is the birthplace of modern Italian - the Italian spoken today is based on the Tuscan dialect that dates back to the Renaissance period. This rural region has its roots in farming and produces some of the world's best olive oils, sheep's milk cheese and Chianti wine. We can also thank Tuscany for perfecting classic stuffed pastas like Ravioli and Tortellini.

Pork Chops in Wine Sauce
Panzanella (Bread Salad)

Northern Italy: Emilia-Romagna

Nestled between the Lombardy and Tuscany Regions, you'll find Emilia Romagna. The capital of Emilia-Romagna is Bologna, also known as the food capital of Italy. If that name strikes a chord, it's where the famous Bolognese sauce gets its name. This area is rich in their meats and pasta. Beyond Bolognese, Emilia-Romagna is the region to go to find delicious Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto de Parma and Mortadella.

Pasta Salad with Proscuitto Crudo

Penne with Pumpkin, Bacon & Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Northern Italy: Veneto

Cuisine of Veneto or Venetian cuisinehas a centuries-long history, and it is significantly different from the other cuisines of North Italy. Veneto is one of Italy's northernmost regions, lying along the coast of the Adriatic sea. Much of the diet is based on fresh seafood harvested from these vibrantly green waters. Veneto recipes often call for seafood, such as prawns, crabs, clams, mussels, scallops, octopus, sea snails, and many kinds of fish.

Venetian Style Scallops

Southern Italy: Campagnia

Our tasty travels have reached Southern Italy and the Campagnia Region. If you've ever wondered where Napoletana pizza gets its name, Campagnia is best known for its capital city of Naples and their delicious Napoletana pies. Water buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano Tomatoes are also from this region. And with those two delicious ingredients, it should be no surprise that Campagnia, specifically, The Isle of Capri, is also famous for Caprese Salad.

Spaghetti with Eggplant & Mozzarella

Penne with Marinara Sauce, Thyme & Italian Sausage

Southern Italy: Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and located just left of the "toe" of the boot that's mainland Italy. Home to Mount Etna and rich in Volcanic soil, Sicily produces an abundance of lemons, blood oranges, almonds, olives and fruit. If that weren't enough, Central Sicily is said to have invented the meatball, or "polpette".

Spaghetti with Capers Tuna & Mint

Southern Italy: Puglia

Our tour has finally reached the southernmost portion of Italy - Puglia. Also known as Salento peninsula, it forms the high heel on the "boot" of Italy. This region is best known for its Pecorino and Ricotta cheeses, as well as its olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Orichiette a la Broccoli Rabe

Taralli from Puglia

Oricchette with Bacon & Tomato Sauce

Scratch Made Orechiette Pasta

Coffee Cookies

Panzerottini with Mozzarella & Tomato

Oricchette with Bacon & Tomato Sauce Tomatoes, Basil & Caciricotta Cheese