It’s no secret that the North End in Boston MA is home to authentic Italian cuisine. With cobblestone paths and ornate, brick buildings, it truly feels as if you’re walking down the beautiful streets of Italy. At Assaggio, our goal is to provide both Boston residents and visitors with the best Italian food. From spicy seafood dishes to rich and creamy pasta dinners, our guests enjoy Italian food made from scratch. To understand Italian cuisine, we’ve put together some information below to help you navigate your way around some of the heartiest, mouth-watering Italian dishes.
Common Ingredients Used in Italian Food
While every dish has it’s own unique properties, there are some ingredients that are commonly found in many Italian dishes. Eggplants, tomatoes, lettuce, artichokes and peppers are often used in Italian cuisine. We find these ingredients in meals like Eggplant Parmesan, Spaghetti & Sausage, and Antipasto Salads.
Other ingredients include:
- Gorgonzola & Parmesan Cheese
Local Italian Markets
In Italy, many restaurants purchase fruits and veggies from local markets to ensure they are using the freshest ingredients. One of the major benefits of Italian markets is that the food is home-grown, meaning it’s both healthy and delicious.
Popular Italian Dishes
Pizza is undoubtedly one of the most popular Italian foods in Italy and in America, as it’s perfect for an individual meal, team outings, romantic dates, birthday parties, etc; pizza can be altered to meet your dietary needs and it’s great for sharing.
Some common Italian pizzas include the Margherita and the Four Cheese. Let’s not forget about pasta as this is commonly consumed in both Italy and America as well. From penne to linguine to spaghetti, there are endless pastas to choose from but if you want one that is healthy and rich in flavor, opt for artisan pasta. To make a truly memorable dish, don’t forget to add one of the many sauces. Italians typically use tomato or cream base sauces to concoct creative dishes such as Spaghetti Napoli and Linguine Carbonara.