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There really isn’t an Italian dish that I can recall that I haven’t loved. I grew up with enormous Italian influences from close family friends, neighbors and living in an area that was heavily Italian-American populated. Going to the Italian Market in South Philadelphia was a trek that I adored from childhood and the smells and sights are memories that I recall in a flash as an adult.
Italian-influenced food is easy for me because of my love for it and because of growing up around it. Many recipes are from family and friends or just simply things that I do with no recipe needed. Fried smelts, chopped antipasto, crusty rolls from the Italian bakery, wine and wine and wine … give me more! I have phased pasta out a bit in my diet but other things have stepped forward … traditional basil pesto and my newest version of vegan pesto made with basil, fennel fronds and hemp seeds; and risotto – risotto has become therapy for me. One of my favorite risottos is the Fennel and Leek Risotto with Prosciutto and Fennel Pollen. Let’s not forget Polenta (just added polenta two ways) and farro and all of the other non-pasta foods that we can celebrate!
What it comes down to is that Italian food is good. Really good. No flowery words needed. I reached out to amazing food bloggers and asked them to share their favorite authentic Italian food and I now present the SMORGASBORD of responses.
Browse the mouthwatering list and make sure to stop by and say hello to all of the contributors who made this post irresistible!
Fennel Pollen Ravioli with Beets and Brown Butter Sauce from Sous Chef Jaz - folding the fennel pollen into the homemade raviolis was sheer brilliance.
Bucatini all’Amatriciana from La Bella Vita Cucina - I have two plates just for this recipe. One for me and one for me again.
Italian Pork Loin Braised in Milk from La Bella Vita Cucina - milk, you say??? I totally forgot about this recipe from when I was young until La Bella shared the link. Now I have to make it!
Pork Saltimbocca with Creamy Polenta from La Bella Vita Cucina - after seeing several recipes from La Bella, I have decided to move into her kitchen and sleep under the table.
Pork Chops alla Marsala with Risotto alla Milanese from La Bella Vita Cucina - Pork, mushrooms, risotto, saffron, cream, cheese = HEAVEN on a plate.
Pasta all’Amatriciana from Liv Life - simplicity and elegance and, why yes, I will have another bowl! THANK YOU!
Carrabba’s Copycat Lasagna from MomDot.com – I want a diving board to leap into this glorious stacked lasagna!
Sicilian Marinara Recipe from Growing Up Gabel – the simplicity of this marinara is what makes the dish!
Robiola Rocchetta and Dal Mas Vineyards, Italy from Cheese and Champagne – a mouthwatering pairing that will have me searching for this cheese TODAY!
How to Fry Squash Blossoms from Foodie Tots – squash blossoms are delicious but can be intimidating until Foodie Tots shows you how easy it is!
Crock Pot Pasta Sauce from Modern Christian Homemaker – pop the fresh ingredients in the crock pot and you are ready for dinner at the end of the day!
Spicy Sausage and Rapini Pasta from Crumb Blog – droolworthy and I have the bread and wine ready to go!
Winter Minestrone Soup from Crumb Blog - bowls of Italian tradition to warm up your winter!
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Gravy from Juanita’s Cocina – love seeing all the different combos of sauces – three meatballs for me, please!
Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle from Cupcake Diaries – a family classic that seems super easy to whip up!
Pane di Como – Como Bread from Karen’s Kitchen Stories – these loaves are so beautiful that I just stared. Then my tummy rumbled. Now I need some sauce to dip it in!
Roasted Pepper and Chile Focaccia from Karen’s Kitchen Stories – another staggeringly beautiful recipe – making my mouth water!
Italian Stuffed Chicken from Like Mother Like Daughter – deliciously stuffed chicken and mouthfuls of melted YUM!
Lasagna Bolognese with Bechamel Sauce from Diethood – take a peek, lick the screen and then make it. Otherwise, you will crave it all day.
The Best Meatballs and My Three Day Marinara Sauce from Noble Pig – 3 days – I am not sure I could wait but I could sit and lick the screen til then.
Grilled Chicken with Kale Salmoriglio Sauce from Sarah’s Cucina Bella – I had never heard of this sauce so THANK YOU, Sarah because now I think I must have it!
Asparagus Mushroom Pasta – clean and healthy eating!
Lemon and Eggplant Risotto – this is a taste that you will crave forever!
Fennel Pollen Pizza with Pesto – a homemade pizza that could be a weekly event in yummy!
My Mom’s Mussels Marinara – a family favorite!
Pasta with White Clam Sauce – I could eat this daily … ohhhh the flavors!
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