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Italian food is very popular around the world. The simplicity of the recipe and the unforgettable taste makes Italian foods famous. Here are five most popular Italian dishes that are found in restaurants all over the world.

Pizza

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From kids to adults, everybody loves pizza. It is the national food of Italy. It has a simple recipe but with tons of variations. Basic pizza is a freshly made bread base with tomato sauce and cheese topping. You can add any food topping in your pizza including chicken, beef, mushrooms, etc.

Pasta

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This is another famous Italian dish that comes in many varieties.  North Italy is fond of the Pesto and Bolognese versions. But the Central Italy loves Tomato and Carbonara pasta dishes. Pasta is made from dough and can be made into different shapes and sizes, like Spaghetti (thin strings), Maccheroni (tubes or cylinders), lasagne (sheets), fusilli (swirls), etc. You can create variations in pasta dishes by adding meat, tomato, cheese, sauces and herbs.

Lasagne

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It is a flat pasta that is served with cheese and sauce in alternate layers. Meat and vegetables are also added. The recipe varies from one region to another. For example, in the southern region, the sauce used is simple tomato sauce; whereas, in the northern region, Bechamel sauce is used.

Minestrone Soup

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It is made of two popular Italian ingredients beans and nuts. Pine nut is used in this soup. This nut is also used in many Italian desserts. The famous Pesto sauce uses pine nut also.

Risotto

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It is a popular rice dish in Italy. The rice is mixed with vegetables, broth, and spices to make it creamy and give it some flavor. Some types of risotto include parmesan cheese, butter, and onion.

Italian food has so much diversity that there is something for everyone. When you visit Italy, you must try these dishes.

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