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The most typical and traditional first courses


This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical and traditional first courses from Italy and all over the world. The following articles include their fascinating origins, useful information and interesting facts. They also provide indications on the historic restaurants and producers of these delicacies, giving the opportunity to taste their authentic flavor.


Specialties often based on cereals (wheat, rice, barley, etc.), for example pasta, risotto and pizza. Soups.

Pasta Carbonara (img-03, img-04)

Pasta Carbonara is, without any doubt, one of the most famous and representative dishes of the Italian culinary tradition. Let’s find out the history of this specialty or, as it would be better to say, the large number of intriguing theories that, for years, have been trying to describe its origins. Let’s be amazed by the interesting facts increasing its charm. Let’s learn the trick used by the greatest chefs to make it. Finally, let’s discover the most traditional restaurants to taste its authentic flavor. (continue)

Italy – Section: Pasta / First courses

Neapolitan fried pizza. Neapolitan fried pizza.

Even if there are many types of fried pizza all around the world, the one from Naples has a very special flavor, coming from the nature of the place. So, it’s no coincidence that Vittorio De Sica assigned to this specialty an important role in his famous movie ‘The gold of Naples’. (continue)

Italy – Section: First courses / Street food

Margherita pizza (img-01) Margherita pizza (img-01)

Not many know that ‘Margherita’, the queen of pizzas, perhaps takes its name from a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Could it be true? Well, it’s enough to start an investigation, deepening the knowledge of the famous Neapolitan specialty. Let’s study its history and recipe. Let’s find the most traditional pizzeria to eat it. (continue)

Italy – Section: First courses / Street food


The most typical first courses, the most traditional restaurants.

Pasta 'Bolognese'. Pasta 'Bolognese'.

Pasta ‘Bolognese’.

Even if ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ is one of the most famous specialties in the world, many citizens of Bologna deny its authenticity. As a matter of fact they believe that the typical meat sauce, ‘Ragù’, can not be used to season spaghetti, but just ‘tagliatelle’ and ‘lasagne’ pasta. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: First courses

Sushi (img-02) Sushi (img-02)


Sushi is generally considered one of the most typical dishes of the Japanese culinary tradition. Quite surprisingly, many experts claim that its birthplace is not the Land of the Rising Sun, but is located in a vast area between China and Southeast Asia. (coming soon)

Japan – Section: First courses

De Crescenzo about pizza.


‘Arancini’: rice oranges from Sicily.

‘Arancino’, also known as ‘arancina’, is one of the most traditional Sicilian food specialties, consisting in a stuffed ball (*1) of rice, enclosed in a crispy bread coating. Its color is quite similar to that of an orange, hence the name (*2).
There are many different types of filling, for example:
Meat and tomato (‘ragù’);
Butter, ham and mozzarella cheese;
Fried eggplant (‘alla Norma’);
Pistachios of Bronte;

*1: It can be also conic in shape.
*2: ‘Arancione’ is the Italian for ‘orange’.

Pizza for the poors.

In Naples it may happen that the customer of a pizzeria, when paying the check, pays for one more pizza. This ‘pending’ pizza will be later offered to a person in need.


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img-01 (*) – Margerita of Savoy, Queen of Italy (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-02 (*) – The Great Wave off Kanagawa, K.Hokusai, 1826 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-03 (*) – Yanks of 60th Infantry Regiment, WW2 (Wikipedia Link)
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