Italian Recipes by Region

Take a tour of Italy by way of your taste buds with recipes inspired by Italian cities such as: Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples. Try our collection of unique Italy inspired recipes.

Northern Italy: Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria 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. Linguini Pasta and pestos originated in the Liguria coastal region of northwestern Italy. 

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze
 
Osso Buco Con Gremolata
 
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
 
Panna Cotta with Strawberry-
Balsamic Glaze

 
Osso Bucco Con Gremolata
 
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
 
Linguini Pizza
 
Butter Braised Portobello Mushrooms
 
Baci Di Dama
 
Linguini Pizza Butter Braised Portobello Mushrooms Baci Di Dama (Hazelnut Shortbread Cookie)
 

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. 

Chopped Tuscan Kale & Basil Salad with Ricotta Salata Pork Chops in Wine Sauce Olive Panzanella
 
Pork Chops in Wine Sauce Olive Panzanella
 

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.

Charred Escarole with Cannellini Beans
 
Grilled Rosemary Piadina (Flatbread) with Arugula Salad
 
Spaghetti with Veal Bolognese
 
Charred Escarole with Cannellini Beans Grilled Rosemary Flatbread (Piadina) with Arugula Salad
Spaghetti with Veal Bolognese
 
Prosciutto and Red Wine Bolognese Pasta salad with Prosciutto Crudo Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
 
Pasta Salad with Prosciutto Crudo Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
 

Northern Italy: Veneto
Cuisine of Veneto or Venetian cuisine has 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.

Shrimp with Rosemary and Pancetta Tiramisu Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Truffle Carpaccio on Crostini
 
 
 
Venetian Style Scallops
 
Pasta e Fagioli‑ "Pasta Fazool"
 
Pappardelle with Mushrooms
 
Venetian Style Scallops Pasta e Fagioli‑ "Pasta Fazool" Pappardelle with Mushrooms
 

Central Italy: Abruzzo, Lazio and Rome
Much of what the world considers as Italian cuisine comes from central Italy: tomato-based sauces, savory meat sauces, rich cheeses, stuffed pastas, spaghetti, and Rome's popular dish, Cacio e Pepe. 
 
Peas & Prosciutto
 
Cacio e Pepe
 
Herb Roasted Pork Loin with Arrabbiata Sauce
 
Peas & Prosciutto Cacio e Pepe
 
Herb Roasted Pork Loin with Arriabbiata Sauce


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

Pasta Sciue Sciue
 
Spaghetti with Eggplant and Mozzarella
 
Penne with Marinara Sauce, Thyme & Italian Sausage
 
 
 
 
Classic Neapolitan Pizza Dough
Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flour-less Cake) Marinated Mozzarella Antipasto
 
 
 
 

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".

Rasted Cod with Orange and Fennel Gremolata
 
Truffled Spaghetti Squash
 
Marinated Sicilian Olives
 
Roasted Cod with Orange and Fennel Gremolata
 
Truffled Sea Salt Spaghetti Squash
 
Marinated Sicilian Olives
 
 

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.

Orecchiette a la broccoli Rabe
 
Taralli from Puglia
 
Orecchiette with Bacon and Tomato Sauce
 
Orichiette a la Broccoli Rabe
 
Taralli from Puglia
 
Oricchette with Bacon & Tomato Sauce
 
Scratch Made Orrecchiette Pasta
 
Coffee Cookies
 
Panzerottini with Mozzarella Cheese and Tomato
 
Scratch Made Orechiette Pasta
 
Coffee Cookies
 
Panzerottini with Mozzarella & Tomato
 
 

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