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Italian Styled Comfort: 6 Comforting Italian Meals to Try at an Authentic Italian Restaurant

Published February 4th, 2020 by Devteam

Did you know that Italian cuisine has been called the world's most popular food? Who doesn't crave Italian dishes when you're in the mood for some comfort food?

Everyone agrees that Italian food is simply delicious. But, there is much more to the food of this wonderful country than pizza and pasta.

Do you want to get your taste buds excited and your stomach growling? Check out these Italian comfort food dishes you have to try for yourself.

1. Arancini 

Arancini is simply stuffed rice balls. But, they're absolutely delicious. Once you start munching these crispy little balls, you won't be able to stop yourself.

The rice balls are packed full of tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can also sometimes find peas or a creamy béchamel sauce inside. 

Depending on the region, this tasty appetizer can be the perfect way to start your meal before pasta or pizza.

2. Lasagne 

This Naples specialty has broken out into the world to become a comfort food enjoyed by foodies around the globe.

The combination of pasta sheets, layers of cheese, and tomato sauce is worth eating every single night of the week. Just make sure you prepare the tomato sauce the right way. 

The dish is also incredibly versatile as you can pack it with your choice of vegetables and a variety of ground meats. The possibilities are virtually endless. 

3. Ribollita 

The Tuscan dish of ribollita is the perfect food to eat alongside a few pieces of oven-baked Italian bread. Typically, the dish includes kale, cabbage, and cannellini beans. 

But, you can also add any other leftover vegetables such as potatoes, onions, or carrots. No matter what you choose, you'll love this hearty stew that will keep you warm during the winter.

4. Gelato 

There's ice cream, and then there's gelato! Unlike other ice creams, gelato contains less air and more flavor. This gives it a richer taste than you may be used to.

What better way to finish off your meal with a sweet scoop of this delicious frozen dessert. There are so many flavors to choose from too, ranging from classic vanilla to more interesting flavors like pistachio.

5. Polenta 

You may think that Italians eat pasta with everything. But, actually, the staple of choice for many Italians is polenta. Polenta is made from cornmeal and usually served as a warm porridge-style dish.

This mushy and yellow dish doesn't look very appetizing at first. But, when you taste the creamy goodness, you'll instantly be hooked.

6. Risotto

Nothing fills you up quite like a risotto. You can really get a hearty meal with a large bowl of this juicy rice. It is often served with either mushrooms or seafood.

Make sure you top of the dish with a few shavings of pancetta or parmesan to really enrich this tasty meal. 

Which Italian Comfort Food You Need to Try!

Italian comfort food is some of the best in the world. If you want to feel warm and cozy inside, you can't go wrong with this amazing cuisine. From risotto to lasagne, Italian food is full of amazing tastes.

Do you want to discover more classic Italian dishes that you're sure to fall in love with instantly? Check out our blog for much more! 

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