Italian cuisine has developed over the centuries. Although
the country known as Italy did not unite until the 19th century,
the cuisine can traced far back as the 4th century BCE. With
culinary traditions from Rome and Athens, the cultivated olive
and olive oil was a staple ingredient of the Italian diet.
Some consider the first real Italian cuisine beginning when
the Arabs invaded Sicily in the 9th century. The Arabs introduced
spinach, almonds, rice and spaghetti.
Those who travel through Italy notice differences in eating
styles between cities. Each region has its own style of Italian
- Northern cuisine: typlified by the use butter, cream,
Mascarpone cheese, risotto and fresh egg pasta
- Central cuisine: features beef, Bolognese meat sauce (Ragu),
and home of the coveted Balsamic vinegar of Modena
- Southern cuisine: uses Mozarella cheese, more olive oil
and dried pasta and a larger amount of tomatoes.
Locally caught seafood is enjoyed on the coasts and is a
big part of the Mediterranean diet.
online store offers many imported gourmet Italian food products.
Simply stroll through our aisles to view our selections.
See also Olives.