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19 Underrated Italian Foods You Should Learn To Love

There's more to eat in this life than pizza and spaghetti.

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1. Chicken Cacciatore

All good things come in one pot. In this case, it's dredged and browned chicken, cooked slowly and gently in a spicy tomato broth. Get the recipe.
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All good things come in one pot. In this case, it's dredged and browned chicken, cooked slowly and gently in a spicy tomato broth. Get the recipe.

2. Olive Oil Gelato

Gelato is arguably the most beautiful thing in the universe, and the creamy, subtle flavoring of olive oil makes arguably the most beautiful gelato. Get the recipe.
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Gelato is arguably the most beautiful thing in the universe, and the creamy, subtle flavoring of olive oil makes arguably the most beautiful gelato. Get the recipe.

3. Lentil and Sausage Soup With Kale

For your own benefit, get out of the canned soup aisle. Replace sodium-filled favorites with this comforting, and filling soup. Crumbled sausage and fibrous greens make a hearty dinner that doesn't need a can opener to enjoy. Get the recipe on Food52.
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For your own benefit, get out of the canned soup aisle. Replace sodium-filled favorites with this comforting, and filling soup. Crumbled sausage and fibrous greens make a hearty dinner that doesn't need a can opener to enjoy.

Get the recipe on Food52.

4. Parmigiana Bianca (White Eggplant Parmesan)

If it's fried and cheese is involved, we are down. Parmigiana Bianca is the classic's tomato-less cousin — complete with toasted bread crumbs and two types of salty cheese. Get the recipe.
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If it's fried and cheese is involved, we are down. Parmigiana Bianca is the classic's tomato-less cousin — complete with toasted bread crumbs and two types of salty cheese. Get the recipe.

5. Pesto Trapaneze (Almond and Tomato Pesto)

Those Sicilians are genius, aren't they? This southern Italian take on the better-known Genovese pesto uses fresh tomatoes and crunchy almonds instead of basil. Get the recipe.
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Those Sicilians are genius, aren't they? This southern Italian take on the better-known Genovese pesto uses fresh tomatoes and crunchy almonds instead of basil. Get the recipe.

6. Gianduia Semifreddo (Chocolate-Hazelnut Frozen Dessert)

Nutella lovers, this one's for you. Two types of chocolate, hazelnuts, and plenty of sugar to make for a perfect, light dessert. Get the recipe.
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Nutella lovers, this one's for you. Two types of chocolate, hazelnuts, and plenty of sugar to make for a perfect, light dessert. Get the recipe.

7. Panne Frito (Fried Bread)

French toast but better, because it involves WINE. If you have day-old bread lying around, you are halfway to a sweet, crispy, and buttery snack (or brunch). Get the recipe.
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French toast but better, because it involves WINE. If you have day-old bread lying around, you are halfway to a sweet, crispy, and buttery snack (or brunch). Get the recipe.

8. Crostini di Cavolo Nero (Kale Crostini)

There is nothing basic about kale when it's tossed in rich olive oil, pungent garlic, and pile on a crusty piece of bread. Get the recipe.
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There is nothing basic about kale when it's tossed in rich olive oil, pungent garlic, and pile on a crusty piece of bread. Get the recipe.

9. Fonduta con Tartufi (Fondue with Truffles)

A pot full of cheese and truffles? Yeah, you heard us. The most work that goes into this dish is dipping bread in and out of the pot, over and over again. Get the recipe.
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A pot full of cheese and truffles? Yeah, you heard us. The most work that goes into this dish is dipping bread in and out of the pot, over and over again. Get the recipe.

10. Cotoletta alla Milanese (Breaded Veal Chop)

A veal chop, breaded and browned to perfection, can kick a chicken cutlet to the curb any day. Top it with plenty of butter and a good squeeze of lemon. Get the recipe.
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A veal chop, breaded and browned to perfection, can kick a chicken cutlet to the curb any day. Top it with plenty of butter and a good squeeze of lemon. Get the recipe.

11. Polenta Cookies

Any cookie meant to be dunked in custard and paired with sparkling wine is certainly worth your attention. Get the recipe.
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Any cookie meant to be dunked in custard and paired with sparkling wine is certainly worth your attention. Get the recipe.

12. Carciofi alla Giudia (Roman Jewish-Style Artichokes)

Preparing these crispy gems isn't as hard as you think; four simple ingredients will bring you oily, salty bliss. Get the recipe.
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Preparing these crispy gems isn't as hard as you think; four simple ingredients will bring you oily, salty bliss. Get the recipe.

13. Classic Lasagne alla Bolognese

Knowing how to make good lasagna should be an instinct, not just a skill. Minced beef and pork add serious flavor to Italy's best "layer cake." Get the recipe.
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Knowing how to make good lasagna should be an instinct, not just a skill. Minced beef and pork add serious flavor to Italy's best "layer cake." Get the recipe.

14. Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses

Penne "al forno" (oven-baked) is a comfort food classic we love. Warning: Heavy cream and salty cheeses will make everyone want seconds (or thirds). Get the recipe.
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Penne "al forno" (oven-baked) is a comfort food classic we love. Warning: Heavy cream and salty cheeses will make everyone want seconds (or thirds). Get the recipe.

15. Simple Fresh Pasta

Ain't nobody got time for this — except you. Yeah, you. Fresh homemade pasta is just three simple ingredients away, and once you try it, you won't go back. Get the recipe.
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Ain't nobody got time for this — except you. Yeah, you. Fresh homemade pasta is just three simple ingredients away, and once you try it, you won't go back. Get the recipe.

16. Socca (Farinata)

This Italian pancake made from chickpea flour is a delicious blank canvas that can't wait to hold whatever sweet or savory fillings you desire. Get the recipe.
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This Italian pancake made from chickpea flour is a delicious blank canvas that can't wait to hold whatever sweet or savory fillings you desire. Get the recipe.

17. White Clam Pizza

Pizza margherita, it's been great, but we're moving on. Fresh seafood, pecorino cheese, and oregano dress up a chewy and crispy crust, and provide a respectful backdrop for deliciously salty clams. Get the recipe.
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Pizza margherita, it's been great, but we're moving on. Fresh seafood, pecorino cheese, and oregano dress up a chewy and crispy crust, and provide a respectful backdrop for deliciously salty clams. Get the recipe.

18. Basilcello

This spin on the classic lemon-based limoncello liqueur uses standard vodka and 50 basil leaves to make a not-too-sweet, deeply herbaceous drink. Get the recipe.
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This spin on the classic lemon-based limoncello liqueur uses standard vodka and 50 basil leaves to make a not-too-sweet, deeply herbaceous drink. Get the recipe.

19. Rigatoni with Fennel and Veal Sausage

Fennel is Italy's version of celery, with a lot more kick. Here it teams up with toasted bread crumbs and flavorful crumbled veal to make a truly memorable pasta. Get the recipe.
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Fennel is Italy's version of celery, with a lot more kick. Here it teams up with toasted bread crumbs and flavorful crumbled veal to make a truly memorable pasta. Get the recipe.

Kenzi Wilbur is an editor for the community-based recipe website Food52, where you can find lots more recipes, cooking advice, and kitchen products.

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