The Elemental Elegance of Italian Cuisine

Michael Pucciarelli leads Milogio, LLC, as chief executive officer. Based in Edison, New Jersey, the company offers consulting services for the food and beverage industry. In his spare time, Michael Pucciarelli enjoys cooking and learning about Italian cuisine.

Popular in many parts of the world, Italian cuisine is defined in part by its commitment to simplicity and quality ingredients. Traditionally, Italian cooking puts a focus on key ingredients such as olive oil, garlic, onions, and balsamic vinegar. Flavor-packed cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano are used to add depth of flavor to dishes. Fish is used in abundance, as are cured meats and olives, and pasta plays a part in a wide range of Italian meals, including several varieties like fettuccine and ziti.

Though all Italian cuisine shares a reverence for elemental flavors and textures, variations abound among Italy’s regions. Sicilian cuisine is known for its bright, citrusy flavors and dishes like pasta alla norma and swordfish chops, whereas Tuscan food is focused on local produce and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil.

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