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10 Most Popular Italian Dishes - Craving Italian Tonight?

If you are looking for something a little different for dinner in Tangalle, try some authentic Italian cuisine. Here is a list of the ten most popular Italian dishes to try during your dinner.



It is not surprising that pasta would top any list of Italian dishes. There are so many varieties to choose from! From creamy pasta carbonara made from eggs, cheese, cured pork and black pepper to the meaty Spaghetti Bolognese. These items can be found on the menus of most Italian restaurants. Tangalle also has several Italian restaurants based in hotels such as Il Mare at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.



While pizza is a common fast food item, traditional Italian pizza definitely deserves the second place on this list. The pizza dough is generally layered with tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings and baked in an oven. A typical hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza has an enticingly thin crust.



Garfield's favourite dish, this comfort food originated in Naples. This dish consists of several baking sheets of pasta layered with cheese, ground meat, vegetables and different sauces. This rich and meaty dish is immensely satisfying and best enjoyed with a glass of red wine. Mushroom lasagnes are best paired with a glass of Chardonnay.



What better way to beat Sri Lanka's heat than with a refreshing and creamy gelato? Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream and it is made with milk, cream, sugar and other flavourings. What sets gelato apart from other ice creams is that it generally has a lower fat content. Stracciatella is a variation of gelato which includes fine shavings of chocolate to produce a crunchy type of ice cream.



One of the best desserts available, tiramisu simply cannot be missed! It is made with layers of sponge known as ladyfingers, coffee, sugar, eggs, cocoa and mascarpone cheese.



Focaccia is one of the most famous flatbreads to emerge from Italy. This bread is quite salty and often drenched in olive oil. It can be eaten by itself or used in sandwiches.



Italy is one of the largest European rice producers so it is no surprise that rice is a common ingredient. Risotto is made when rice is cooked in a stock until it reaches a creamy consistency and takes on the flavour of whatever it is cooked with. The most famous types of risotto include saffron-infused risotto, cuttlefish and ink risotto and risotto with pancetta and peas.



Arancini are stuffed rice balls that are dusted with crunchy breadcrumbs and fried. The stuffing generally consists of ragu, mozzarella, tomato sauce and peas but it also varies depending on the region. Arancini con burro is one variation which uses b├ęchamel sauce in its stuffing.


Osso Buco

This dish consists of veal shanks braised in white wine. The osso buco is topped off with lemon zest, garlic and parsley. To wrap up the meal, diners are expected to eat the creamy bone marrow within the veal bones.



This iconic Italian candy is made from honey, egg whites, citrus zest and toasted nuts. While there have been several different versions over the years such as chocolate coated torrone, purists still prefer the original recipe.