Food courses

Food courses.


his section of WebFoodCulture presents the most traditional international specialties according to the course they belong to. In this regard, it’s important to emphasize that the order adopted by WebFoodCulture is inspired to the Italian tradition, therefore, some types of food may not entirely fit a specific category.


The most traditional international specialties presented according to the course they belong to.

Food courses according to the Italian tradition.



‘Appetizers’ include all those specialties that are usually served at the beginning of a meal. These specialties are generally quite light, since they are meant just to whet the appetite. Many of them can also be considered as ‘street food’. (continue)

First course.

First course

The ‘first course’ starts the meal. This course belongs mainly to the Italian tradition and includes foods based on cereals (like pasta and risotto) and recipes made with vegetables and / or legumes (like soups and purees). (continue)

Main course.

Main course

The ‘main course’ is, as its name implies, the true heart of the meal. This course includes specialties of different complexity, mainly based on meat, fish or eggs. Specialties like, for example, roasts, stews, omelets. etc.

Side dishes.

Side dishes

‘Side dishes’ are meant to accompany the second course. This course includes both cooked and raw dishes. Specialties usually quite light, often served in small portions. They are prepared in many different ways, using vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, potatoes, etc. (continue)



The ‘dessert’ is the last course, including many different specialties, related to each other for the high sugar content. Specialties like cakes, pastries and ice-creams, biscuits, chocolates, etc. (continue)

Oscar Wilde about food (img-01)

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The ‘buffet’ by Pierre Buffet.


he ‘buffet’, the system in which diners get the food by themselves from a table specifically laid, derives its name from a historical figure: Pierre Buffet. He was the cook working for Francis I, king of France who invented a particular type of trunk, a sort of ‘mobile cupboard’: at any time this could be opened, making immediately and easily available to the sovereign everything he needed (food, drinks, dishes and cutlery) to feed himself.

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img-01 (*) – Oscar Wilde, 1893, Gillman & Co. (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}
img-02 (*) – The Buffet, Jean-Louis Forain, 1884 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}

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Image 01 (*) – Still Life with Crab, Shrimps and Lobster, Clara Peeters, 1635/1640 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}

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