Many people around the globe love to eat Italian food from its zesty entrees to their delicious deserts. This food is relatively easy to prepare. All you need is some good pasta, a good tomato sauce, and some garlic with a little olive oil and you've got a great dish on your plate. There are many different types of Italian food other than pizza and lasagna. Below are four must-haves that you need to try at an Italian restaurant or to make yourself at home.


Arancini, the Italian name for oranges, is a dish that is stuffed with rice balls. Inside the rice balls are peas, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce. Once the rice balls are made, they are coated with some breadcrumbs and then fried to a delicious golden orange, which makes them look much like oranges.

You will have a party in your mouth when you bite into this gooey ball. If you are visiting Italy, you will find many variations of this dish. For example, in many cafes you will find arancini con burro, which comes with a b├ęchamel or butter sauce, or asarancini con funghi, which has a mushroom sauce.

Osso buco alla Milanese

If you are a meat lover, you will love this dish. It is made from veal shanks that have been braised slowly in a delicious white wine. When your plate is brought to you, you will see these veal shanks sitting atop of an array of colorful vegetables. Most restaurants serve this dish with gremolata, which is a condiment that is made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.

When you finish eating this delicious meal, the best is saved for last. There will be a savory creamy marrow that comes from the veal bones that you can scoop out with a piece of Italian bread.

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is known to be a creamy pasta in the United States, but if you eat this in Italy, they leave out the cream. They make this dish with a combination of Romano cheese, bacon, and egg all tossed with white wine, and then tossed together with either spaghetti noodles or rigatoni. Once you try this authentic Italian dish, you will never want to eat the American version ever again.

Don't forget about Italian coffee, as Italy is the home to coffee drinks that you will find around the world. If not for Italy, you would not find many coffee chains in the United States that you may frequent. For more information, contact a company like Emelio's Catering.