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Classic Dishes Served At Italian Restaurants

by Margie Harris

Italian cuisine is delicious and diverse, offering something for virtually every taste. You'll undoubtedly find a few menu items to try whenever you head to an Italian restaurant. Here are some of the most classic dishes that these eateries serve.


Pasta tastes good in many different ways, but ravioli is one of the most popular. Ravioli is filled with cheese or other ingredients, and the combination of pasta and filling allows Italian restaurants to showcase their flavors. There are a few ways that these eateries can use ravioli to full effect:

  • The pasta portion of ravioli can feature fresh, housemade pasta
  • The filling portion of ravioli can be designed to complement housemade sauces
  • The filling portion can also be made from local or regional ingredients

If you see ravioli prominently displayed on a restaurant's menu, the kitchen staff have likely done at least one of these three things with the pasta. It's well worth ordering for your main meal.

Neapolitan Pizza

Pizza takes different forms depending on where you're from, but one of the most traditional is the Neapolitan pizza. Different from New York's thin crust and Chicago's deep dish, Neapolitan is simple yet elegant.

Neapolitan pizza was originally a peasant dish, and its limited ingredient list shows the pizza's humble origins. Expect pizza dough topped with only mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil, and basil — all foods that peasants would've had access to. The pizza is typically made fresh when ordered.

Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is another dish that's simple but tasty, and it uses many of the same ingredients as Neapolitan pizza. Sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves receive a slight drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

A Caprese salad is an especially good option if you're at an Italian restaurant, and want something lighter than pasta or pizza.


Gnocchi is a potato-based pasta, tasting like part mashed potatoes and part traditional pasta. Italian restaurants can serve plain or flavored gnocchi, and it can be topped with any sauce that'd be used on other pasta. Flavored gnocchi sometimes is made from local or regional ingredients.


Tiramisu is a beloved Italian dessert, especially among diners who enjoy an after-meal coffee. The dessert is made from sponge cookies that get soaked in espresso. The cookies then are topped with a whipped cream-like layer, and the whole item is sprinkled with cocoa powder. The combination of sugar, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate goes well together.

For more information on Italian restaurants, contact a company near you.