Can You Name These Italian Foods?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Italian cuisine is so delicious that it is served all around the world. Though developed over many centuries or even millennia (because cookbooks have been traced to 100 BC) food wasn't focused on because the country did not unite until the 19th century. Since then, food has become very important to the residents of the country, getting its own culture and spreading it throughout the world. 

Despite the fact that the entire country is known for all this amazing food, certain cities do it better, similarly to how Texas is considered the barbecue capital of the United States. For example, Milan is known for its risottos, while Naples is the place to go for pizza and spaghetti. 

Despite which dish is done best where, the cuisine is delicious all around. But can you identify the dishes? Can you tell us the names of these Italian foods if we showed you pictures? 

Today we want to test your knowledge of some Italian dishes. All you have to do to ace this quiz is to correctly identify the name of each dish. Think you can handle it? Well, let's get started! 

Gelato is an Italian-style ice-cream made with a base of sugar and milk. It is distinguished from other ice-cream due to a minimum of at least 3.5 percent butterfat required by Italian law. Gelato has a silkier and softer texture due to being served at a slightly warmer temperature.

Created in the 20th century, carbonara is a pasta dish from Rome made with hard cheese, egg, meat, such as guanciale or pancetta, and pepper. Pecorino Romano is usually the preferred cheese and for the pasta, rigatoni, fettuccine, linguine, or bucatini may be used.

Pizza is a baked savory dish consisting of a round, wheat-based leavened dough, topped with a tomato (or pesto) sauce, cheese, and a variety of other ingredients, such as olives, anchovies or meat.

Antipasto is a traditional Italian appetizer. The dish is traditionally prepared using cured meats, pickled meats, pepperoncini, mushrooms, olives, anchovies, artichoke hearts, vegetables in oil or vinegar and various cheeses (hard or soft, such as provolone or mozzarella).

Salame, or salami, is a type of sausage made of air-dried and fermented meat. It has a marbled appearance and is usually made with beef or pork, though other meats, such as venison or poultry, may be used.

Mozzarella is a traditional southern Italian cheese made from the milk of the Italian water buffalo using the pasta filata method. Other variants are created using cow, goat or sheep's milk.

Lasagna is one of the most traditional types of pasta. It has a wide and flat appearance. It also refers to a kind of dish made with stacked layers of cooked lasagne pasta with sauces, meats, vegetables and cheese assembled between each layer.

Ciabatta is an elongated, broad, flat white bread. It was created in 1982 by a baker named Francesco Favaron in Verona, Veneto, Italy, in response to the popularity of French baguettes.

Arancini are stuffed rice balls filled with ragú (meat and tomato sauce), mozzarella and peas, covered with bread crumbs and then deep fried.

Panna cotta is a silky and rich dessert of sweetened cream. The cream is thickened with gelatin and then molded and may be flavored with vanilla, coffee, spices, rum or other flavorings.

Cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee drink traditionally prepared with a double espresso and milk, though cream may be used as a substitute. The drink is topped with foam which is usually decorated with artistic drawings called latte art. Flavorings such as chocolate or cinnamon powder may also be used.

Prosciutto is dry-cured ham which is typically served uncooked and in thin slices. The meat is derived from the thigh or leg of a pig or boar, though other animals can be used as substitutes.

Parmesan, formally known as Parmigiano-Reggiano, is a type of hard, dry cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk. The name Parmesan is generally used as a generic name for variants of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Gnocchi is small, soft, thick dough dumplings which are usually eaten as a substitute for pasta in the first course or as a side dish to some main courses.

Biscotti, also referred to as cantucci, is an almond biscuit which originated in the city of Prato. The wafer is baked twice, has an oblong shape, a dry and crunchy texture and may be dipped into a drink, traditionally Vin Santo.

Marscapone is an Italian cream cheese which is made by curdling milk cream using certain acidic ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, acetic acid or citric acid.

Capellini, which translates as "little hair," is a very thin type of Italian pasta which has a diameter of 0.85 to 0.92 millimeters. This light pasta is used in many recipes and is best served with light sauce.

Spaghetti bolognese is a pasta dish made of spaghetti served with a sauce made of tomatoes, garlic, wine, herbs and minced beef. Despite the dish's name, it is not of Italian origin but was most likely created by early 20th century Italians who immigrated to the U.K. or the United States.

Minestrone is a thick kind of soup made with vegetables, such as beans, celery, carrots, tomatoes, onions, and stock. Pasta, rice, or both, are usually added to the soup.

Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish containing fettuccine pasta tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter, creating a smooth and rich sauce. Alfredo di Lelio invented the recipe in the early to mid 20th century.

Chicken parmigiana, also known as chicken parmesan, is an Italian-American dish. It made of breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and parmesan, mozzarella and provolone cheese, sometimes with a slice of bacon or ham. In the U.S. and Canada, chicken parmigiana may be served as an entree or sandwich.

Ravioli is a type of dumpling usually served with a pasta sauce or in a broth. Ravioli is made of two layers of thin pasta with a filling made up of ricotta cheese, spinach, black pepper and nutmeg.

Bruschetta, which originated in Italy during the early 16th century, is a popular dish served as an appetizer (antipasto). It is made of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and then topped with olive oil and salt.

Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert which translates as "pick me up," "lift me up" or "cheer me up." It is made of layers of savoiardi (ladyfingers) dipped in coffee and a whipped mixture of sugar, eggs, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa.

Macchiato usually refers to the coffee beverages, caffè macchiato and latte macchiato. The two drinks differ in the way they are prepared. Caffè macchiato is an espresso drink with a small amount of milk, usually with foam added.

Gorgonzola is a veined blue cheese made from unskimmed cow's milk. Its texture may be buttery, firm or crumbly and has a salty flavor with a firm bite.

Ricotta, which means "recooked," is cheese produced from milk whey left over from the production of other cheeses. It can be made of goat, sheep, cow or the Italian water buffalo's milk.

Tortellini is ring-shaped or navel-shaped pasta which is usually served in a broth of chicken, beef, or both. It is made of pasta filled with a mix of cheese, meat (prosciutto, pork loin), or a combination of the two.

Caffè latte, shortened to a latte in English, is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. There are other variants of this beverage which includes replacing the coffee with other base drinks, such as masala chai, turmeric, mate or matcha, and the milk, with soy or almond milk.

A semifreddo is a group of semi-frozen desserts with a texture somewhere between ice-cream and mousse. The main ingredients of semifreddo include eggs, sugar and cream.

Stracciatella is the common name for three types of Italian foods. The first is a variety of gelato (Italian ice-cream) made of milk and fine, irregular chocolate shavings.

Risotto is a rice dish which requires constant care and attention. It is usually cooked in meat, fish or vegetable-based broth until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture.

Chicken cacciatore is the chicken variant of cacciatore which is prepared with onions, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers and sometimes, wine. In the United States, the dish is sometimes made with marinara sauce, whereas other variants may use mushrooms.

Penne is a type of pasta with a cylinder-like shape. There are two main types of penne; penne lisce, which has a smooth texture, and penne rigate, which has a ridged surface.

Calzone is an oven-baked folded pizza made from salted bread dough and stuffed with an egg, mozzarella, ricotta, vegetables, Parmesan or pecorino cheese, and ham or salami.

Panettone is a sweet bread loaf which originated in Milan, Italy. It is a popular dish which is prepared for Christmas and New Year in western, southern, southern-eastern Europe and the Horn of Africa.

Granita, also known as granita siciliana, is a semi-frozen dessert which originated in Sicily, Italy. It is made from water, sugar and flavorings, such as lemon juice, strawberries, mandarin oranges, jasmine, coffee, mint, almonds and black mulberries.

The branzino, also known as the Mediterranean Sea Brass, is a popular fish which is used in Italian cooking.

Puttanesca, also known as spaghetti alla puttanesca, is a pasta dish which was created in the mid-20th century in Naples, Italy. It is made of spaghetti, diced tomatoes, chopped garlic and anchovies sauteed in olive oil, chili peppers, olives, capers, oregano, parsley, salt, and black pepper.

Pecorino is a group of hard Italian cheeses made from sheep's milk. Pecorino cheese is usually hard and crumbly with a buttery and nutty flavor. Other variants may be softer and creamier with a milk-like taste.

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