... Cuisines Why Italian cuisine is special Italy is a country of passionate diners and flavorful cooking ingredients. Cooks through the ages have responded by creating exciting dishes full of verve and character.
An Italian Meal
Italian cooking depends on theme, variation, and quanto basto, so too with the classic Italian meal. Save for the rare exception (such as ossobuco e risotto, served as one dish Milanese style), there is no dominating main course. Instead, a series of small courses that play off each other are presented. During an ideal dinner, participants experience the crisp and the soft, the complex and the simple, the pungent and the mellow.
To whet your appetite, and to introduce a theme...