Today I want to talk about the eating habits of Italians, the rules for cooking like a real Italian and the things we never do, both when we cook and when we eat.
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As you know, the kitchen is for us Italians a crucial part of our life and our tradition.
Italians really like eating together: with family and friends. Moreover, when living with parents, it is considered a significant lack of respect not to have dinner together sitting around the table or not to warn in time if you plan to stay out to eat with friends (Italian mothers might get very angry!)
When you decide to eat outside the home, as is usually the case on Saturday nights with friends, in Italy there are several options to choose from:
The menu that you can find in any Italian restaurant or trattoria includes different courses.
Meals are divided into appetizers, first courses, main courses, side dishes, and desserts. There is a big difference between each of them.
The first is made only from pasta or risotto (for example spaghetti with sauce, lasagna, carbonara pasta, Milanese risotto, tortellini, ravioli, tagliatelle, etc.).
The second is low meat or fish dishes. You can choose to accompany them with a side dish, usually of vegetables. The side dishes are used only to accompany the main meal as a second, and, in fact, the quantity of the portion is entirely reduced.
Finally, you can have dessert. 🙂
Attention: fruit is not always included among desserts, sometimes it goes apart. The dessert can be a slice of cake, a portion of tiramisu, ice cream, etc. but never ever will you find yogurt as dessert!!
In fact, we Italians eat yogurt as a mid-morning snack or mid-afternoon snack or breakfast.
Although our cuisine is known throughout the world especially for pasta and pizza, our daily diet is based on a very varied diet, which also includes legumes, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, etc.
Each region then has its typical dishes, and therefore the number of recipes is truly endless!