Italian Food Dictionary

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A

lamb

vinegar

smoked

garlic

garlic and oil

lamb

sweet/sour

firm (literally to the tooth)

crisp cookies made with bitter almonds

a sweet liqueur flavored with almonds

anise

eel

a colorless liqueur flavor with anise

literally ‘before the meal’

a medium-grain rice used for making risotto

lobster

orange

fried rice balls with meat or other filling

hot, piquant

roasted

a roast

asparagus

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salt cod

hot dip

an aged Italian vinegar

basil

fritters

literally ‘twice cooked’, it refers to all kinds of cookies

beefsteak

mixed boiled meats served with various sauces

preserved roe of tuna or mullet

small beef rolls

stuffed meat rolls

broth

toasted bread served with various toppings

pudding

gourmet

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hunter’s style

squid

pizza dough that is filled and baked or fried

cinnamon

white kidney beans

filled pastry tubes

a hot spiced ham

eggplant relish

lamb’s head

capers

capon

artichokes

a medium-grain rice used for making risotto

meat

a Sicilian cream-filled layer cake

cauliflower

cabbage

chick peas

shellfish stew

onions

preserves

cutlets

cooked

mussels

cream

crepes

a sweet or savory tart

raw

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sweet

sweets and pastries

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beans

stuffing or filling

an ancient grain similar to spelt

liver

holiday

fig

fillet

fennel

flatbread served plain or with various toppings

cheese

literally ‘of the devil’

strawberries

an open-faced omelet

fritters

fried

fruit

seafood

mushrooms

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shrimp

mixed pickled vegetables

cloves

dumplings eaten with a sauce or in broth

a cow’s milk hard cheese

crab

liqueur made from the must of grapes

grill

breadsticks

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to stuff

stuffed

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bayleaf

lentils

lemon

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pork

almonds

baked pasta tubes with a filling

beef

a plain tomato sauce

to marinate

a rich brown fortified wine

creamy, soft, mild cheese

eggplant

soup (usually thick)

thin soup

thick mixed vegetable soup

a large cured and spiced pork sausage

grape juice cooked to form a thick dark syrup

a pure white soft cheese

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Christmas

hazelnuts

nutmeg

walnuts

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oil

olive oil

oregano

small, seed-shaped pasta

oysters

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salt-cured pork, unsmoked bacon

bread

fried chickpea bread

a fruit-filled yeast bread

bread crumbs

cream

literally ‘cooked cream’, served for dessert

whipped cream

a hard cow’s milk cheese

Easter

pastry dough

pie, pastry, or cake

sheep’s milk cheese

dried red chiles

a sauce from mashed ingredients, usually basil

spicy

pine nuts

peas

embossed wafer cookies

cake or sweet bread

a type of cornmeal

octopus

chicken

meatballs

tomatoes

whole roast pig cooked with herbs and garlic

meaty wild mushrooms

springtime

salt-cured, air-dried pork

a straw-white cheese, sometimes smoked

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meat sauce for pasta

another name for broccoli rabe

Tuscan bread and vegetable soup

a fresh, mild cheese

stuffed

rice

rice cooked and stirred with broth until creamy

small stuffed meat rolls, sometimes in a sauce

a hard Pecorino cheese

rosemary

country-style

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ground meat cured, seasoned and shaped like a sausage

sauce

sausage

salt

sauteed

collective name for salami and similar cured meats

sage

a colorless liqueur made from anise

Saint Joseph

sardines

thinly sliced meat

celery

Neopolitan pastry filled with flavored ricotta

a type of salami

sponge cake

anything cooked on a skewer

spinach

a yellow liqueur made from herbs

stew

sauces

meat sauce

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round sweet or savory biscuits

tuna

nougat-type candy

tart

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a saint’s day

eggs

Uva

grapes

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green vegetables

veal (calf)

clams

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whipped egg custard serve as dessert or a sauce

saffron

sausage-stuffed pig’s foot

ginger

a fried pastry

squash

soup