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Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Freshest Family Dishes In Italian Restaurants

The Pasta in a typical Tuscan Restaurant
The Pasta in a typical Tuscan Restaurant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Crystal Salazar

Italian restaurants Brooklyn have many delicious and popular dishes on their menu. Some of them have been there for many years, in the same restaurants that have been owned by one family for generations and generations. The reason why these dishes are so popular is that they have been time tested.

Diners will start to notice the same themes emerge on these menus. They tend to be broken down by salads, and categories of proteins. Within these categories, one might notice some of the same dishes pop up over and over again.

Some of the most popular dishes are truly unforgettable and have been around for many years. There is a reason why these meals remain on menu boards for generations. They are absolutely delectable.

Ensalada caprese is a well known salad on almost any Italian menu. It features ripe red heirloom tomatoes, slices of handmade bull mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It is creamy, fresh and awakens your tastebuds. It is the perfect start to any dinner and can make an excellent salad for lunch.

Cioppino is a stew that includes many different types of fish with an equal amount of soothing broth. It also has clams, shrimp, and mussels. You can always see it on many diner menus. A lot of the Italian culture comes from fish caught freshly by the fishing industries so that is why there are many fish related dishes.

Osso Bucco is almost always a feature on any entree list. It is a veal shank and the name itself means bone with a hole. This particular cut from the top of the thigh has a higher proportion of bone to meat than almost any other butcher cut. It is served in a light stew with carrots, celery and onions. Sometimes it is served with tomatoes, according to what recipe is being used.

There are many types of pasta on Italian menu, but there is one very well known potato pasta, and that is the commonly mispronounced gnocchi. This pasta is a hit with young people and those looking for a rich decadent dinner. The pasta is often offered with either alfredo or marinara sauce, but it is most often served with a pink a la vodka type of sauce. Diners should know that a little goes a long way with this pasta. A full portion is almost always too much.

The cannoli is a perfect dessert to follow any Italian meal. They are originally from Sicily. It is a tube-shaped fried dough filled with a mixture of custard made from ricotta cheese, mascarpone and sugar. They are usually dusted with powdered sugar. They are the perfect complement to any dish, Italian or not.

History plays a large part in many family owned eateries. The dishes served often tell a story about the family owners, and are treasured parts of those families. The oldest recipes are often the most tried and true. Plan your visit to Italian restaurants Brooklyn and make a note of your favorite dishes while you are there.

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