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If you enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants, you'll find a lot of interesting information in this blog. My name is Patsy Rogers and my husband and I love going to different restaurants and eating a variety of foods. Every Saturday we eat at a different restaurant and many times we travel several miles to try a new place. We do a lot of research to find the best eating establishments and then we make plans to visit that location. In this blog, you'll learn how to find the best restaurants in your area, how to make smart menu selections and the proper etiquette for eating out. You'll also learn about the many different kinds of cuisine from around the world. I hope that you enjoy reading all about restaurants and that this blog helps to enhance your dining experience.

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3 Authentic Italian Dishes You Have to Try

by Andy Hill

Although Italian-American food is quite delicious, there is something about authentic Italian dishes that simply can't be beat. They are often somewhat lighter affairs than their American counterparts but in some cases can take longer to construct. Their simplicity is somewhat deceiving! Whether you are going to try your own hand at preparing one of these dishes, going to an Italian restaurant, or hiring the services of a caterer who specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, you absolutely must try at least one of these dishes.

Italian-Style Salad

Italian-style salad is quite simple and does not deviate from what is considered an Italian-style salad in America. However, the crux is that, while Americans use what is commonly referred to as Italian dressing, Italians use nothing of the sort. Italian dressing is a vinaigrette-based dressing that uses vegetable oil, corn syrup, chopped bell peppers, and vinegar in its construct. The Italians go for a lighter, simpler affair. When a salad is served in Italy, olive oil, salt, vinegar, and pepper are placed on the table with the meal. The diner then dresses their own salad according to their own particular tastes.

Bolognese Sauce

On the American East Coast, you will often hear talk of Italian-American families simmering up "Sunday gravy." With Sunday gravy, you place a large amount of meat in a pot and allow it to simmer along with a base of onions, olive oil, garlic, and tomato sauce. This sauce is actually quite similar to the authentic Italian bolognese sauce, but it differs in a few key aspects. Bolognese sauce is heavy with soffrito, which is a combination of a few finely chopped veggies, like onions, celery, and carrots. With bolognese sauce, there also tends to be meat chopped in a finely crushed manner as well. The result is a heavy, rich sauce that will sit with you for hours to come.

Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

This is a relatively new development in the world of pasta; the dish came into being around the middle portion of the 20th century. This dish is pasta, but it doesn't use a marinara sauce. Rather, it uses fresh, chopped tomatoes in its construction as well as capers and garlic, which gives the sauce a distinctively salty flavor. The only sauce you will find on this dish is the added bit of olive oil, which also gives this dish a tangy aftertaste.

If any of these dishes interest you, talk to an Italian catering company to see if you can have one of them at your next event.