Italy is a country of culture, beauty, and of course, delicious food! Many don’t know that Italy has two distinct culinary regions – North and South. While both areas offer amazing Italian cuisine that are sure to tantalize your taste buds, some key differences between them set the two apart. Let’s explore those differences, shall we?
Ingredients Used in Southern Italian Cuisine
The south of Italy has a warmer climate than its northern counterpart. Because of this, ingredients such as tomatoes and peppers are plentiful, making them staples in southern Italian cuisine. Olives also grow abundantly in this region, and you will find them combined with extra virgin olive oil to create incredibly flavorful dishes. You’ll also see dried spices like oregano used frequently as pasta and seafood.
Ingredients Used in Northern Italian Cuisine
Northern Italian cuisine consists of ingredients from the mountains rather than from the sea or the land. Ingredients like polenta, cheese, risotto, mushrooms, and game meats (like boar) are all popular options in northern Italy. The use of fresh herbs like sage and thyme is also prominent here! Also, like the country’s southern area, which is famous for its fresh, delicious dining experiences, olive oil is a hot commodity in all dishes.
Cooking Techniques Used Throughout Italy
No matter what region you visit throughout Italy, you can find plenty of amazing dishes cooked with unique techniques!
Standard cooking techniques throughout Southern and Northern Italy include:
- Slow-roasting – This cooking method is very popular in both regions and is often used to create flavorful dishes like roasts and stews.
- Grilling – Grilled meats are staples in Italian cuisine, and you’ll find some of the best grilled meats throughout southern and northern Italy.
- Sauteing – This method creates quick and delicious dishes like pasta sauces and stir-fries.
- Braising – This technique is often used for preparing hearty dishes that require a longer cooking time, such as beef ragu or Osso Bucco.
No matter which region of Italy you’re visiting, you’re sure to find some delicious dishes cooked with one of these techniques!
The Trattoria Toscana Difference
Chef Pietro brings the best of two Italian Regions—Tuscany and Sardinia—to your table. He infuses flavor into each dish with the freshest local ingredients and rustic cooking techniques, creating a truly unique culinary experience unlike anything else!
Try popular dishes like our fresh seafood dishes, pizza, and pasta with fun twists like our gnocchi alle melanzane with house-made potato dumplings, sauteed eggplant, spinach, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil. Whether you’re looking for a classic Italian dish or something new and exciting, Trattoria Toscana has something for everyone!
From the north or south of Italy, you are sure to find delicious dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Head to Trattoria Toscana today, where Chef Pietro specializes in creating authentic Tuscan-Sardinian Italian dishes using traditional cooking methods. Reserve your table for an unforgettable taste adventure through Italy without leaving Temecula!