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Italian cuisine was developed over centuries, influenced by cuisines of neighboring countries. Joint Italy appeared on the map of Europe just over 100 years ago, thanks to which Italy's national cuisine has absorbed the best of the Liguria, Milan, Sicily, Naples, Calabria and other cuisines. Contemporary Italian cuisine can be conditionally divided into north and south, the main difference - seasonings used northern and southern chefs to cook the same dishes.

Italian cuisine was developed over centuries, influenced by cuisines of neighboring countries. Joint Italy appeared on the map of Europe just over 100 years ago, thanks to which Italy's national cuisine has absorbed the best of the Liguria, Milan, Sicily, Naples, Calabria and other cuisines. Contemporary Italian cuisine can be conditionally divided into north and south, the main difference - seasonings used northern and southern chefs to cook the same dishes.

''Gelato, which literally translates to "frozen," isn't an Italian invention, but came from China. This dessert was most likely was introduced to Italy through the traveller merchants of the 14th century. The Italians' passion for this vast array of creamy, fruity, chocolatey mountains of frosty delightfulness seems to have taken hold more universally in the 18th century and unites Italy like nothing else[…]'' | Photo by Marla Gulley Roncaglia

10 Essential Italian Desserts

by Marla Gulley Roncaglia, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food B.

Here is a great description of Italian digestivi, drinks for the perfect ending to a full meal of Italian food.

What You Need To Know About Italian Aperitivi And Digestivi Drinks

by Marla Gulley Roncaglia, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food B.

Italian cuisine is distinctly regional, sometimes fiercely so. Italy’s fabulous patchwork of regional dishes is heavily influenced by locale, necessity, and intricate history.

Guide to Italian Regional Cuisine (Part 1 of 3: Northern Italy

by Marla Gulley Roncaglia, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food B.

by Marla Gulley, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food Blog

Italian Regional Cuisine: Central Italy Edition

Continuing our culinary journey on to the central portion of Italy, including Tuscany, Umbria, and La Marche.

Italy's Regional Cuisines in Rome. Part 1: Focus On Northern Italian Restaurants

Italy’s Regional Cuisines in Rome. Part Focus On Northern Italian Restaurants

Vermouth display from the Turin Carpano museum

Italian Aperitivi and Digestivi Drinks

by Marla Gulley Roncaglia, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food B.

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

Restaurant Trattoria Da Mamo Venice - Venetian cuisine, Italian, typical

All regions of Italy have special dishes for Easter, and many of these dishes have migrated to the whole of Italy, sometimes becoming so popular they might now be served all year round. Here is a sampling of the representative dishes and various courses of the Italian Easter menu.

Italian Easter Dishes: The Flavor of Pasqua

Here is a sampling of the representative dishes and various courses of the Italian Easter menu. Consider some for your own Easter dinner or look for them at your favorite Italian restaurant this spring.

The ultimate guide to Italian aperitif and digestive drinks. Perfect for your next Italian-themed party

What You Need To Know About Italian Aperitivi And Digestivi Drinks

by Marla Gulley Roncaglia, Italian Cuisine Expert for the Menuism Italian Food B.

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