Five underrated Italian specialties to add to your list

Lasagna, spaghetti carbonara, osso buco or mushroom risotto: our menu often revolves around the same Italian specialties. This gastronomy has always been highly prized by gourmets young and old, and yet it is infinitely richer. From Tuscany to Puglia, here are some typical and authentic Italian dishes to try ASAP!

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Baba Al Pomodoro

First stop in Tuscany with this excellent tomato recipe, very simple and above all very inexpensive. Made with hard bread, tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil, this slow-cooker preparation looks like a somewhat pressed soup. Serve with fresh bread drizzled with a few drops of olive oil or a large portion of stracciatella (or mozzarella).

You can find the full recipe: here

Orecchiette all cime di rapa

You already know orecchiette, the tiny, ear-shaped pasta very popular in Puglia, but have you ever tasted this delicious green recipe made with rave broccoli – one of the region’s staple vegetables? This Pugliese specialty is traditionally served with garlic, anchovies and of course with a generous drizzle of olive oil.

You can find the full recipe: here

grilled pasta

This Romanian specialty is made with just four ingredients: pasta, pecorino, black pepper, and guacamole. Reminiscent of both carbonara and casio e pepe sauces and considered the ancestors of Amatriceana pasta, this very simple recipe which unfortunately we rarely find in our country, is very popular in the Lazio region.

You can find the full recipe: here


When we go to an Italian restaurant, our heart often swings between the basic tiramisu and the classic panna cotta, but there are other Italian desserts like Castagnaccio, a gourmet chestnut cake that is very popular in the north of the country, especially in the regions of Tuscany, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. A very autumnal recipe decorated with different toppings according to local traditions (raisins, walnuts or even pine nuts).

You can find the full recipe: here


This crunchy pastry, very popular in Naples, will delight fans of ricotta. This puff pastry-based treat has a gourmet filling based on ricotta, vanilla flavor, or even candied orange with a hint of cinnamon.

You can find the full recipe: here

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