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Antipasto (appetizer), dolci (sweets), and liquor are only present for more formal Italian menu or menus.
Bread is always present at the table, and the Italian menu always includes fresh fruit as the most common dessert. Wine is generally served at dinner. Espresso coffee is served at the end of the meal.
Italy is a very diverse country and it is difficult if not impossible to define an Italian cooking style, but we can correlate consistency in spite of variety in the Italians’ approach toward food.
All Italians eat with gusto. Everywhere their pantries are filled with the same basic products: cheese, sausage, ham, bread, and wine. Vegetables are of high quality and Italians value full natural flavor — everybody is willing to walk the extra distance to buy better and fresher products.
Sauces are the essence and the soul of Italian cooking dishes; usually they are inseparable from the process of dish making. The spices added to the preparations mean to enhance the taste of the dishes and not to cover it. Contrary to common belief Italian don’t use excessive amounts of garlic, or other herbs to their food.
Italian cooking has evolved for centuries and continues to evolve today. It is informal, lacks rigid rules, and is adaptive and versatile. It was not invented by professional chefs, but by millions of everyday cooks who improvise Italian cooking daily in their kitchens.