South Italian cuisine is the most unique and flavorful. They’re not just pasta, pizza, and sauce! They offer dishes so distinct you can’t imagine eating anything else. These recipes are from South Italian Cuisine from the Heart of Naples, Italy. This is a must-have cookbook for anyone who enjoys traditional Italian food or wants to learn how to prepare authentic dishes. The author, Maria Valli, is the granddaughter of legendary chef Cesare Maranzano, whose restaurant “Valli” was at one time the most famous Italian restaurant in New York.
He was the first to introduce Neapolitan cuisine to New Yorkers. You will see why this book is so special from the first page. It’s very easy to follow, and the photos are very helpful. There are over 200 recipes in this book.
If you are looking for good South Italian food recipes, this post is for you. I have gathered some of my favorites from a trip to South Italy in 2015. Enjoy! In my opinion, Italian food is the best food in the world. There’s nothing quite like a plate of pasta, a glass of wine, and a slice of pizza.
But there’s a downside to being such a foodie. Not only are you bound to spend more money on groceries when you travel, but you’ll also likely run out of ideas for meals. I am excited to share my love affair with food in Italy. I love cooking as it’s a perfect way to spend time together, learn new things, and have fun! Italy is renowned for its cuisine and the birthplace of many popular culinary traditions and dishes. I will show you the simple process of making delicious, authentic South Italian food with these recipes.
I had the privilege of visiting Sicily during my first trip to Europe. Sicily is home to some of the best traditional Sicilian food, which includes pasta, pizzas, and seafood.
My favorite dishes are the ones you see on menus in every small restaurant across the island. I love that they are often made with fresh ingredients and traditional methods.
While Sicily is a beautiful island, it’s also a very hot and humid region. As a result, Sicilians tend to eat light meals and snacks throughout the day.
I love that many restaurants have little vegetable and herb gardens. So I recommend going all out when ordering your pasta or pizza. I’m talking about more than a salad! A traditional Sicilian dish is called cecina, which is dry-cured beef. It’s incredibly delicious but expensive. If you’re stopping in Italy, you can find cheaper versions in other regions. Pizza is another great option. I’ve included some recipes for some of my favorites below.
So I’m going to start with some basics. First, we have Italian food.
Italian food has roots in Northern Europe and is very similar to French food, although it has some unique characteristics.
Regarding ingredients, Italian food is based on vegetables, pasta, bread, and olive oil. It’s also a bit heavy on meat and fish.
Italian cuisine comprises composed dishes containing solid, cannelloni, and spaghetti.
It is also famous for its pizza. You can’t go anywhere in the world without seeing a pizzeria. Italian food is traditionally cooked over a wood fire or charcoal. This gives it a smoky flavor that some people don’t like. When I visited Rome, I noticed they put pizza ovens in some restaurants. This is because the pizza is the star of the show. Another thing about Italian food is that it is generally cooked in large quantities. In Rome, there were more pizzerias per square mile than Starbucks.
Cappellacci (Stuffed Pasta)
This is a stuffed pasta recipe that I discovered while eating in Italy. I love this dish because it’s simple and healthy to make. It’s a perfect pasta dish when you want to eat something light and fit to make indulging in something delicious.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups uncooked penne
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- One egg
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Start by cooking your penne pasta according to the instructions on the package.
While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the filling. Mix the ricotta cheese, egg, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it.
Add the pasta to a large bowl.
Add the filling mixture to the pasta, then add the mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.
Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
It is important to use fresh ingredients when cooking. This ensures the taste is authentic, and you don’t end up with a bland meal.
I’ve tried to do this throughout this blog. For example, looking at my chicken recipe, cacciatore, you’ll see I used fresh mushrooms. The mushrooms were picked on the day I cooked the dish.
I hope this helps you with your next meal!
Frequently asked questions about the cuisine.
Q: What’s the most delicious Italian dish you like?
A: I love to eat a good Italian spaghetti sauce. I also love to eat eggplant with olive oil and basil.
Q: How do you prepare it?
A: I use a lot of garlic and fresh basil. I also use lots of tomatoes, fresh oregano freshly ground pepper.
Q: Is there any special dish you’d like to learn to cook?
A: I would love to make a stuffed pizza. I just got the cookbook and look forward to making it!
Q: How long did you learn how to cook, and how did you start?
A: I’ve been cooking since childhood; my mom always cooked. When I was younger, we would go to restaurants a lot. As a child, I wasn’t very interested in doing dishes or cleaning the kitchen.
Top Myths about cuisine
- All South Italian food is rich in cholesterol.
- All South Italian food is high in fat.
- South Italian food is the main cause of heart disease and obesity.
There are across the globendSome, countless blogs and websites that serve those looking to learn more about Italian cuisine. Many of these sites also offer recipes and cooking tips to help people learn how to cook authentic Italian food.
In the United States, there are many different cuisines available. However, most Americans don’t know much about the various cuisines that exist in their country.
It would be a shame to miss out on delicious Italian food because you don’t know what it’s like.