Can You Identify If These Foods Are From Italy or From Spain?
By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz
Spain and Italy are two nations that are known for many things -- their people, their culture and their languages are all incredibly vibrant and exciting and attracts millions of visitors every year. Something else that draws people to these countries is their cuisines. And although people normally confuse the two, we know a foodie like you wouldn't dare. So we're going to test your knowledge of the foods served there in a quiz where we pit the Spanish against the Italians. Can you really tell us whether these dishes are from Spain or Italy?
We already know that the Italians take the cake when it comes to all things pasta and that the Spanish love their spices, but if we were to break it down dish by dish, do you think you'd know the difference? Allow us to show you a few platters -- you can use your memory, our clues or just the visual of the pictures to help you decide which country claims each dish. By the end, we'll know if you're on your way to becoming a foreign food connoisseur or if you should stick to hamburgers and fries.
A pizza is a savory Italian dish which may be eaten with a knife and fork in formal settings, but held in hand in casual settings. It has a round, flattened base made of leavened wheat dough, topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients.
Lasagna is a delicious, layered, savory dish. But where is it from?
Lasagna is a savory dish which originated in Italy during the Middle Ages. It consists of stacked layers of pasta filled with alternating layers of sauces, meats, vegetables and cheese, baked in an oven and then served in squares.
Paella is a Valencian rice dish and one of the region's identifying symbols. There are many types of paella including vegetable paella and mixed paella (seafood, meat and vegetables). The original recipe includes rice, vegetables, meat and seasoning.
Calzone is a sandwich-sized, oven-baked folded pizza which originated in Naples, Italy. It usually consists of salted bread dough and stuffed with salami, vegetables or ham, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan or pecorino cheese, and an egg.
Can you match churros to the country that it came from?
A Churro is a fried-dough pastry, or choux-based snack that is normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate, champurrado, café con leche and dulce de leche. It is a traditional snack in Spain and Portugal which originated in Ibero-America and the Philippines.
Gnocchi is a pasta dish that looks more like dumplings. Where is it from?
Gnocchi is an Italian dish of which there a variety of recipes and names across the region. This dish consists of many small, thick and soft dough dumplings. It is made with seminola, wheat flour, cheese, potato, egg, breadcrumbs and cornmeal.
Breadsticks aren't as American as we think they are. Which of these countries created them?
Breadsticks, also called dipping sticks or grissini is an Italian bread. It is a pencil-sized, crispy dry baked bread that is served as an appetizer, or topped with icing and cinnamon sugar as a dessert.
An alcoholic beverage with chopped fruits, who made sangria?
Sangria is a Spanish alcoholic beverage or punch traditionally made with red wine, chopped fruits (berries, apples, pears, melons, pineapples, peaches, or nectarines) and other ingredients including brandy or orange juice.
Which country is responsible for giving us gazpacho?
Gazpacho, also known as Andulasian Gazpacho, is a classic Spanish cuisine widely eaten in Spain and Portugal during the hot summers. It is a cold soup made with including olive oil, vinegar, garlic, tomato, and cucumber and served with bread.
A type of meat, where can you find chorizo in spades?
Chorizo or chouriço, is a type of fermented, cured and smoked pork sausage traditionally made with natural casings made from intestines. It may be grilled, fried, eaten with a sandwich or used as a pizza topping.
An appetizer that is a piece of toasted bread with a topping, where was the crostini discovered?
Crostinis are an Italian appetizer that is believed to have originated during the Medieval times. It consists of small slices of toasted or grilled bread with toppings such as cheese, meat, vegetables or simply presented with a sauce or brush of olive oil and herbs.
An oblong biscuit that we call biscotti, which country made this treat?
Biscotti is an oblong-shaped Italian almond biscuit that is twice-baked and has a dry, crunchy texture. Originating from the city of Prato, it is commonly referred to as cantucci and is usually dipped in a drink, traditionally Vin Santo.
Tigres are Spanish stuffed mussels and a type of tapa that is frequently served for special occasions. It is made with a very thick white sauce stuffed into mussel shells that is then breaded and fried.
Filloas are similar to pancakes and crepes, but where is it from?
Filloas are Spanish pancakes similar to French crepes, but thinner and made with wheat flour rather than buckwheat flour. It is commonly eaten for breakfast and is a traditional dessert for Carnival and Easter in Spain.
Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa, Italy traditionally made with crushed garlic, Parmesan cheese, pecorino sardo, olive oil, coarse salt, basil leaves and European pine nuts. It is served with pasta such as fettuccine, linguine and cavatappi.
Salmorejo is a type of puree, but which of the two countries invented it?
Salmorejo is a pinkish-orange, cold-served puree consisting of tomato, oil, bread, garlic, vinegar, sea salt and garnished with Serrano ham and hard-boiled eggs. It originated in Cordoba in Andalucia, southern Spain.
Cuchifritos is the common name used in Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine for foods prepared with pork as the main ingredient. Cuchifritos vendors usually sell the dish with fruit juices such as pineapple, passion fruit and coconut.
Which country is responsible for coming up with Ciabatta bread?
Ciabatta bread is an Italian white bread with an elongated, broad and flat shape. It was invented in 1982 by Arnaldo Cavallari in Verona, Veneto, Italy in response to the popularity of the French baguette.
Torrijas is the Spanish version of French toast topped with cinnamon and honey or eaten as is. It may be prepared a variety of ways such as soaked with red wine, milk, or honey and is always served cold.
Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert. But who created it?
Tiramisu is an Italian coffee-flavored dessert which translates as pick me up or cheer me up. It consists of ladyfingers soaked in coffee, altered with a layer of whipped sugar, eggs, mascarpone cheese and coffee.
Chicharron is is a meaty snack of pork belly. But where was it created?
Chicharrón, native to Spain, is a finger food snack which consists of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. It is usually made various cuts of pork, but may be substituted with chicken, beef or mutton.
Which country do you think fettuccine alfredo is from?
Fettuccine Alfredo, also called fettuccine al burro, is an Italian pasta dish consisting of fettuccine tossed with a smooth and creamy sauce made of cheese and butter. It was created during the 15th century by Alfredo di Lelio I, after who the dish was named.
Stuffed rice balls is the best way to describe what arancini is. Who made it, though?
Arancini are Italian stuffed rice balls that are coated in breadcrumbs then deep-fried. Fillings for the arancini include all ragú, al sugo, mozzarella and or caciocavallo cheese, or ham and mozzarella or besciamella.
Parmigiano-Reggiano is a popular kind of cheese created in ___________.
Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard granular cheese named after the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, where it is produced. It is also known as Parmesan, which is a generic term for the same cheese made outside the traditional regions of production.
A variant of what the French call croquettes, who gave us croquetas?
Croquetas is the Spanish variant of the French croquette and is made with a thick béchamel. It is traditionally filled with jamón, chicken, cod and less commonly apples, wild mushrooms, tuna, cheeses and cuttlefish.
Marzipan is a confection which is a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain. It consists of almond meal (ground almonds) and sugar or honey, which is then shaped and painted with food coloring to resemble fruits.
Carbonara, originating in Rome, is a pasta dish consisting of hard cheese, guanciale or pancetta, egg and pepper. There is no preferred cheese or pasta, though Pecorino Romano and linguine, fettuccine, bucatini or rigatoni are commonly used.
Gambas al ajillo is the Spanish variant of garlic shrimp or pawns. It is a simple dish that is prepared by sautéing the shrimp in olive oil with garlic, with recipes including paprika and a splash of Brandy.
Pisto is a Spanish dish which resembles ratatouille to a certain extent. It is made with onions, tomatoes, eggplant, red and green peppers and olive oil and served with bread, pieces of cured ham or a fried egg on top.
A larger than usual type of pasta, where does ziti come from?
Ziti is an extruded Italian pasta larger than a mezzani, but smaller than rigatoni. It is similar to penne but with the edges cut straight instead of diagonally. It also differs from penne in that it has smooth sides instead of ridges.
Tortilla Espanola, also known as the Spanish omelet, is an omelet consisting of eggs, potatoes, onion, garlic and chives and fried in oil. It may be served hot or cold and as an appetizer or main course.