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Welcome to the best collection of authentic Italian Food recipes on the internet!

Discover how to make classic Italian food like they do in Italy! Easy step-by-step instructions and 4K video recipes— Everything you need to learn to cook like an Italian!

Creamy Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe— made the authentic way!

Italian Food: Main Course Recipes

We are passionate about authentic, traditional Italian recipes. From world-renowned Italian pasta recipes to lesser-known meat sauces and even vegetarian Italian food recipes— we’ve got it all! Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, Tuscan Bean Soup, Ragu Bolognese Sauce and more!

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Italian Food: Just Pasta Recipes!

Are you an Italian pasta lover? You’ll love these authentic Italian pasta recipes enjoyed by Italians in Italy today! Pasta recipes are considered a primo piatto (first plate) when there are multiple courses. They are very often eaten at lunch.

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Italian Food: Dessert Recipes

You’ve heard of Tiramisù… but what about all of the other classic Italian desserts that Italy has to offer? In our recipe collection, you’ll also find lesser-known favorites like this Zuppa Inglese recipe or this Italian Lemon Layered Cake Recipe (Torta Mimosa in Italian)!

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How to Cook Like An Italian!

Food matters a lot in Italy. Italians grow up learning to identify quality and freshness in ingredients. 

Compared to the cuisine of some other cultures, Italian cuisine tends to use fewer ingredients with a focus on bringing out the best in those ingredients. Italians love quality ingredients and they want to taste those ingredients, in balance with one another.

Choose Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients

Eggplants in season!

There seems to naturally be a focus on eating seasonal ingredients in Italy. Yes, it’s true that with imports and greenhouses, it’s easier to find food not in season on the supermarket shelves. However, Italian families are keenly aware of what is ‘in season’ and expect any produce imported out of season to be of lesser quality and taste. 

In spring, Italians reach for zucchini—and zucchini flowers! In summer? Dishes revolve around seasonal tomatoes, fresh vegetables and basil. Autumn is the season of chestnuts, mushrooms and olives. Winter brings with it seasonal veggies like cabbage, cauliflower and wild game such as boar.

Treat Each Ingredient with Care

Once Italian cooks have purchased the best ingredients, the attention to detail doesn’t stop there! To cook like an Italian, we need to do the little things to bring out the best flavor an ingredient has to offer.

For example, Italians want to taste the tomato in tomato sauce— so using an inferior tomato product and adding flavor with sugar or a ton of spices is not the Italian way.  

How do you treat ingredients to bring out their best? Here are some examples:

  • Celery? Remove the outer, stringy part of the celery before cooking with it
  • Leafy Greens? Remove any stems that are tough to chew
  • Tomatoes? Use only quality, ripe tomato products. Look for canned and jarred tomatoes that say they are made with San Marzano tomatoes—known worldwide for their sweetness.
  • Herbs and spices? Don’t purchase pre-packaged food that is already flavored. Add your own herbs and spices while cooking—using fresh herbs when possible. That means fresh garlic (not dried or dehydrated), fresh onions, fresh herbs.

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Italian Arancini Rice Balls Recipe (Sicilian)

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Italian Wine Cookies Recipe: Ciambelline di Vino

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Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings, Crispy Recipe!

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Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe with Prosciutto and Gruyere

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Mont Blanc Dessert Recipe with Chestnuts!

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How to Make Quick Pan Pizza in 4 Hours | Stand Mixer Pizza Dough Recipe

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Ultimate Bombe Alaska Recipe (and Video)

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Italian Fried Zucchini Flowers Recipe

A classic Italian Fried Zucchini flowers recipe! This snack is super popular in Italy when zucchini are in season.

No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Italian Spaghetti with Clam Sauce Recipe

Finally! Restaurant-quality Spaghetti with Clam Sauce that you can easily make at home. Our tested recipe will make it deliciously easy!

Spaghetti all’Assassina: Italy’s Killer Spaghetti!

Italy’s most bizarre pasta recipe! This fried pasta recipe comes from Bari, Puglia in Italy. It originated in the 1960’s, but is now considered traditional for the region. Spicy, crispy and bloody red. The Killer Spaghetti (a.k.a. Spaghetti all’Assassina) is Italy’s hottest pasta dish around.

Butternut Squash Ravioli | Traditional Recipe from Mantova

This is the best butternut squash ravioli we’ve ever tasted! It is a traditional recipe from Mantova in the Lombardy region of Italy—called Tortelli di Zucca Mantovani in Italian.

Best Bone Broth | Beef and Chicken Stock Recipe

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Roman Food to Make at Home

Travel to Rome with these authentic Roman food recipes. Step-by-step with follow-along VIDEOS. Pasta and more!

Authentic Pasta Amatriciana Recipe

This Pasta Amatriciana recipe is one of the pillars of Roman pasta, along with: Spaghetti Carbonara, Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe and Pasta alla Gricia! With fine Italian guanciale, tomato and pecorino cheese—you’ll love this dish!

Italian Pasta with Mussels and Tomato Recipe

A classic Italian Spaghetti with Mussels and Tomato! An easy and economical seafood pasta recipe you can whip up in minutes.

How to Make 70% Hydration Pizza Dough

Learn how to make a 70% hydration pizza dough! This type of pizza dough is perfect for a classic Italian pan pizza, sold in pizzerias in Italy and made in Italian home kitchens.

Veal Scallopini with Mushrooms – Authentic Italian Recipe

Italy’s creamiest veal scallopini with mushrooms. We’ll show you the secrets to making a restaurant-quality Scaloppine ai Funghi at home!

Best Spaghetti Aglio Olio Recipe (Garlic and Oil Pasta)

Simply the best Spaghetti Aglio Olio recipe Italy has to offer! It’s made with just 5 ingredients: garlic, olive oil, chili pepper and spaghetti.

Authentic Pasta alla Gricia Recipe

Pasta alla Gricia, sometimes called White Amatriciana is a traditional Roman dish. This underrated Italian pasta dish featured a creamy pecorino romano sauce, black pepper and fine crispy guanciale.

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe – Authentic Italian

The LEGENDARY authentic Spaghetti Carbonara recipe! Keep reading to learn how to make Spaghetti Carbonara the RIGHT way— no onions, no peas, no heavy cream. You’ll learn how to make Spaghetti Carbonara as they do in the best Italian restaurants in Rome, Italy.

Easy Angel Food Cake Recipe

The most heavenly Angel Food Cake you’ll ever taste and the easiest you’ll ever make! Soft, fluffy, moist and with a divine taste. It’s like eating a cloud.

Zuppa Inglese Recipe

This Zuppa Inglese recipe is the perfect festive layered cake for a birthday or holiday. It features layers of sponge cake (Pan di Spagna) soaked in liquor or fruit juice and filled with layers of silky chocolate and vanilla pastry cream. One of the most beloved Italian desserts that you can make with the Italian sponge cake (Pan di Spagna).

Italian Florentine Steak Recipe

The Queen of Tuscan cooking! This steak can be as thick as two big porterhouse steaks stacked together and weight as much as 6 pounds! This classic T bone steak is famous everywhere in Italy. It originated in Florence (Tuscany) centuries ago, and it has conquered meat grilling lovers not just for its size but mostly for its unique tenderness and taste.

Fresh Egg Pasta Dough Recipe

Fresh egg pasta is a staple in Italy. It is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. Making fresh pasta is a great way to eat better and save money. We got this fresh egg pasta dough recipe from an expert: an Italian Grandma who makes it every week!

Seafood Spaghetti Recipe

A seafood extravaganza popular throughout Italy’s coastal regions where fresh seafood is plentiful! This dish is called Spaghetti allo Scoglio in Italian, which means spaghetti ‘on the rock’ because it features several mollusks that live ‘on the rock’ (allo scoglio) such as clams and mussels. 

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Creamy, decadent butternut squash risotto finished with fine sweet Italian gorgonzola cheese (aka: ‘Gorgonzola Dolce’). Don’t like gorgonzola? You can also finish it off with butter and/or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe Recipe

One of the most distinctive recipes that you will find in any Rome restaurant! The authentic Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe has just three ingredients: pecorino cheese and black pepper (“cacio” and “pepe”) and pasta. The trick to achieving its unmatched flavor and creamy sauce? Quality ingredients and few simple cooking tricks.

Authentic Ragu Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Simply the best ragu you’ll ever taste! This Ragu Bolognese Sauce recipe is the traditional recipe that originated in Bologna, Italy. It is used in many beloved Italian dishes such as a Tagliatelle Bolognese, Spaghetti Bolognese, as a sauce for polenta. And of course, it’s a prime ingredient in the Sunday classic Lasagna Bolognese.

Stuffed Italian Zucchini Boats Recipe

A delicious vegetarian stuffed Italian Zucchini Boats recipe that you can make in minutes! Recipe + Video

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