Yes, you should buy an Italian dictionary, but until then please see our list of important Italian culinary terms. We also provide detailed information about the most popular Italian foods and wines. After all, you need to understand what you are eating! Buon Appetito!

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  • Cacao

    Cocoa, used as both a flavoring for baking and in hot chocolate... Read More »

    Cacciatora, alla

    "Hunter's style," referring to any dish prepared in a rustic, robust style, usually with... Read More »


    A sandwich specialty from Sicily made from a roll that is slit, stuffed with salami and cheese, dipped in melted lard and heated through in the... Read More »


    Livorno fish stew made with tomato broth and five kinds of seafood (squid, cod, shrimp, red mullet and scallops), to correspond to the five "c's" in the word; it is seasoned with garlic, sage and... Read More »


    Turinese cheese and egg yolk... Read More »


    A type of pecorino... Read More »

    Cacio e pepe

    Spaghetti dressed with pecorino cheese and black pepper, a Roman... Read More »


    "Horse cheese." A firm buffalo or cow's milk cheese, so called because the globes of cheese resemble a horse's... Read More »


    Sardinian soft ewe's milk... Read More »