Different Dishes of Regional Italian Specialties

Italy is famous for its food, but its regional Italian specialties are amazing, with dramatic taste differences. Only slightly larger than Arizona, Italy has 20 regions, many of which are known for dishes very different from the red sauce pasta familiar to many Americans.

Because the country is long and narrow, Italy has a diverse terrain and climate, enhancing the  vastly wide range of regional Italian specialties. Here are some of the more prominent regions and their more famous dishes.


Just below Switzerland, rice and polenta are more popular in Milan than pasta. Noted foods include risotto, cheese and osso bucco.


Also in the northern region, Bologna is noted for the "king of cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano, the gourmet taste of prosciutto di Parma, tortellini and Bolognese sauce.


Florence is known for the Medici family, Pecorino cheese, steak alla fiorentina, some of Italy’s best olive oils and Chianti.


The west coast city of Rome is famous for its bruschetta, spaghetti alla carbonara, zucchini and artichokes alla Roman.


Naples, known for its warm climate and fertile soil, is famous for its pizza, mozzarella, calzones and limoncello (liqueur).


The island’s capital, Palermo, is noted for Mount Etna, meatballs, caponata and veal Marsala.

When you want to experience the gourmet flavors of regional Italian specialties in southern California, visit  Bellini Osteria in Westlake Village. You’ll love the contemporary ambiance and panache, while enjoying amazing gourmet regional Italian specialties.

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