Italian food is no doubt one of the most important aspects of Italian culture, you really can’t go on without thinking of those amazing Italian recipes, those Italian dishes, that are mouthwatering good. The epitome of the Mediterranean diet, the pinnacle of a well balanced and super tasty meal: Italian cuisine.

As you know once a month we like to delight you with some pics so you don’t have to go on and read my mumbo jumbo and get bored, today we’re going to go on a traditional Italian food tirade, cause nothing screams ITALY like authentic Italian food. As you could tell the Keywords are strong in this post on Italian food

So, what is the best Italian food? What are the famous Italian dishes everyone wishes they could have on a regular basis? How is Italy food culture so famous? Well, let’s look at our top 10 Italian dishes we decided totally objectively, and not based on personal taste and trends. It’s a bit like Italian fashion, you can pick your favourite Italian fashion brands, but still not understand your Italian men casual fashion (yeah this makes so much sense).

Tortellini in Brodo – Emilia-Romagna

I know I’m posting this in the full heat of Italian summer, but this is one of the most traditional Italian recipes, it’s the OG chicken soup, but with handmande tortellini. I mean what else do I need to say to convince you about the authenticity of traditional Italian food history.

Pizza – Naples

The number one traditional Southern Italian food, everyone knows it, everyone loves it, and if they don’t you know they’re hiding something. I always say “You can’t trust a person that doesn’t enjoy pizza” (like they have no cheese pizza, and gluten free pizza now, so no excuses)

Canederli – Trentino Alto-Adige

The Canederli are one of my favourite Italian dinner recipes, I’m not great at making them, but I’ll tell you one thing when someone puts in front of me a plate of speck meatballs I’m gonna have some feelings for them.

Pesto – Genova

Like Pizza, Pesto is one of those plates that everyone knows of, you can’t tell me you never had a pasta al pesto before, I mean you might I don’t know everything, but you’re missing out. Basil, Garlic, Pine Nuts that’s one of the Italian food recipes that is easy to describe, but quite hard to make.

Bagna Cauda – Piemonte

A super tasty garlic based dip, so you should already be on board, that has it’s own little festival, and may I say it’s on the top list of my favourite traditional Italian food festivals that you should check out if you’re in Italy. It’s from the 22nd to the 24th of November and you get to enjoy this northern Italian food with the locals.

Pasta all’Amatriciana – Rome/Amatrice

You love Bacon? You love Italian Tomatoes? What about Onions? If you answered yes to all three of these questions you’ve got to get your ass to Rome have a plate there, and than hop on a bus to Amatrice and try it there as well. We’re talking famous Italian food here, the highest peak of Italy food culture.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Florence

This is a Nono for all the vegetarians and vegans, I’m already sorry for the pic, and we’ll have to disagree on what we put in our stomachs, because nothing beats the amazing taste of a Bloody Bistecca alla Fiorentina. It’s a Porterhouse, but god it ain’t like any Porterhouse you had before, defo on my best Italian dishes list.

Risotto alla Milanese – Milan

Going with two plates that have the place of birth in their name, and you can’t say you enjoyed Italy without the Italian food tradition of a Risotto alla Milanese.Be ready the first time you eat it, cause if you’re in company of Italians they’ll tell you that saffron is red and yet the sauce is yellow. Maybe even the second time, and the third, and the fourth, I mean its all about those traditional Italian food facts. You’ll never get away from traditional Italian food information. NEVER.

Arancini di Riso – Sicilia

Oh man….OOOOOOOOH maaaaaaaaan, this is the creme de la creme (excuse me French readers I have no idea how to write that properly) of Italian street food, the original Rice ball. You can have it with Ragù in it, you can have it with peas in it, you can have it with squid ink in it, and plus they are fried to perfection. Italian food culture and traditions want that you enjoy this treat with a granita, you know the original Italian ice.

Tiramisù – Veneto

Some Italian food traditions and customs are truly international, and how can you say that? Well, just look at the Tiramisù, it’s everywhere in every country and everyone goes mad for it. I mean rightfully so as well.