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Designing The Perfect Menu

Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


A Food Lover's Guide To Italian Cuisine

Italian food is known for its mouthwatering flavors and rich culinary history that has evolved over the centuries. From handmade pasta dishes to classic pizza recipes, Italy boasts a vibrant food culture that is sure to satisfy any foodie's cravings. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which Italian dishes to try at restaurants. So, here are some must-try Italian dishes to order at restaurants.

1. Pizza

If you're a fan of pizza, you should try a Neapolitan-style pizza that's thin, crispy, and has a slightly chewy crust. Topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves, this pizza is a classic dish that can be enjoyed at any Italian restaurant. You can also try a Roman-style pizza, which has a thicker crust and is topped with seasonal ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, and sundried tomatoes.

2. Pasta

There are countless pasta dishes to try at Italian restaurants, but some of the must-tries include carbonara, pesto, and Bolognese. Carbonara is a rich and creamy pasta dish made with eggs, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Pesto is a dish from Genoa that's made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil. Bolognese is a meat-based pasta sauce made with tomatoes, ground beef, and red wine.

3. Risotto

Risotto is a popular Italian rice dish that's creamy, indulgent, and full of flavor. To prepare risotto, short-grain rice is cooked slowly in a broth that's been flavored with ingredients like saffron, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms. The result is an incredibly flavorful and comforting dish that's sure to impress your taste buds.

4. Osso Buco

This classic Milanese dish is made with braised veal shanks that have been slow-cooked in wine and tomato sauce. The result is a tender and flavorful meat dish that pairs perfectly with creamy polenta or risotto.

5. Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that's made with ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder. The layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and creamy mascarpone cheese are a perfect combination that results in a decadent and indulgent dessert that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

From classic pizzas and pasta to indulgent risotto and braised veal shanks, Italian cuisine has something for everyone. Whether you're a foodie or someone who just loves discovering new flavors, Italian restaurants are a great place to explore new dishes.

Contact an Italian food restaurant near you to learn more.