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Food Glossary




A LITTLE HELP

This Italian Food Glossary should help you understand some of the terms used in this site.

This, by all means, is not a complete list. There are many more terms that just could not be listed here.

This is still a good start and should be able to help you quite a bit. Have fun and welcome to my Italian Food Glossary

  • Abbacchio-lamb
  • Aceto balsamic-Balsamic vinegar
  • Acuqua-water
  • Affettati-sliced meats
  • Affumicato-smoked
  • Aglio-garlic
  • Al Forno-oven baked
  • Alici-anchovies
  • Amoretto-almond liquor
  • Anatra-duck
  • Anice-anise
  • Anisette-aniseed liquor
  • Antipasto-appetizer course
  • Aragosta-rock lobster
  • Arista-duck
  • Arrosto-roasted
  • Asparagi-asparagus
  • Baccala-salt cod
  • Basilico-basil
  • Bel Paese-mild cheese
  • Bictola-swiss chard
  • Biscotti-cookies
  • Bistecca-steak
  • Bocconcini-small mozzarella balls
  • Bollito-boiled
  • Bolognese-meat sauce
  • Braciola-chops
  • Brasato-braised beef
  • Brodetto-fish soup
  • Brodo-broth
  • Bruschetta-bread topped with garlic, tomato and onion
  • Bufalo-water buffalo
  • Burro-butter
  • Cacciatore-hunters style
  • Caffe-espresso
  • Calimari-squid
  • Caldo-hot
  • Canestrelli-scallops
  • Cannellini-white bean
  • Capperi-capers
  • Caprese Insalata-mozzarella, tomato and basil salad
  • Capriolo-venison
  • Carbonara-cream and ham sauce
  • Carciofini-artichoke hearts
  • Cardi-cardoons
  • Carne-meat
  • Carpaccio-raw beef sliced thin
  • Cavolo-cabbage
  • Cavolfiori-cauliflower
  • Cetrioli-cucumber
  • Ciambotta-vegetable stew
  • Cipolle-onions
  • Coda alla Vaccinara-oxtail
  • Coniglio-rabbit
  • Costoletta-cutlets
  • Cotto-cooked
  • Cozze-mussels
  • Crostini-toasted bread
  • Crudo-raw
  • Cucina-kitchen
  • Diavola-spicy sauce
  • Dindo-turkey
  • Dolce-dessert
  • Fagiano-pheasant
  • Fagioli-beans
  • Farcito-stuffed
  • Fegato-liver
  • Filanti-soft cheese
  • Filetto-tenderloin
  • Finocchio-fennel
  • Foccaccia-flat bread
  • Formaggio-cheese
  • Forno-oven
  • Freddo-cold
  • Fritto-deep fried
  • Frutti de Mare-shellfish
  • Funghi-mushrooms
  • Gamberetti-shrimps
  • Gorgonzola-blue cheese
  • Grana Padano-hard white cheese
  • Granchio-crab
  • Griglia-grilled
  • Impanato-breaded
  • Indiviola-endive
  • Insalata-salad
  • Lardo-fat
  • Latte Fritto-fried custard
  • Lauro-bay leaf
  • Lenticchie-lentils
  • Lesso-boiled
  • Lemoncello-lemon liquor
  • Lemone-Lemon
  • Lupo di Mare-lobster
  • Maccarello-macherel
  • Maiale-pork
  • Mais-corn
  • Manzo-beef
  • Marinara-plain sauce
  • Marsela-sweet wine
  • Marscpone-cream cheese
  • Melanzane-eggplant
  • Minestrone-vegetable soup
  • Mortadella-pork sausage
  • Moscato-nutmeg
  • Mozzarella-rubbery soft cheese
  • Nodini-veal chops
  • Osso Bucco-braised veal shanks
  • Ostriche-oysters
  • Pancetta-bacon
  • Panna-cream
  • Parmesan-hard cheese from Parma
  • Pecorino-hard sharp cheese
  • Peoci-mussels
  • Pepe Verdi-green peppercorns
  • Pepe-pepper
  • Pesce-fish
  • Pesto-basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic
  • Piselli-peas
  • Polenta-corn meal
  • Polipi-octopus
  • Pollo-chicken
  • Pomidori-tomato
  • Porchetta=suckling pig
  • Porcini-mushrooms
  • Prezzemolo-parsley
  • Prosciutto-cured ham
  • Provola-soft cheese
  • Provolone-sharp cheese
  • Ricotta-creamy whey cheese
  • Risotto-rice dish
  • Robiola-creamy white cheese
  • Rosmarino-rosemary
  • Salami-cured sausage
  • Sale-salt
  • Salsicce-sausage
  • Saltimbocca-veal with ham and sage
  • Salvia-sage
  • Sambucca-anise flavored liquor
  • Sardi-sardines
  • Scaloppinethin slice of meat
  • Scologna-shallots
  • Soppressa-dry sausage
  • Spigoli-sea bass
  • Spinaci-spinich
  • Stracchino-goats milk cheese
  • Stracciatella-chicken soup
  • Taleggio-cow's milk cheese
  • Timo-thyme
  • Tommo-tuna
  • Tortoni-liquor ice cream
  • Totano-squid
  • Trota-trout
  • Vitello-veal
  • Vongole-clams
  • Zabaglione-warm custard dessert
  • Zafferano-saffron
  • Zucchero-sugar
  • Zucchine-squash

  • Pasta Glossary
    Different types of pasta for great Italian dishes.

    Herbs and Spices Glossary
    A nice list of herbs and spices to help you with any Italian recipe.



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