The temperatures are dropping, the snow is falling, and the nights are getting dark early. Time for bean chili, beef stew, and chicken pot pie? Mamma Mia! No! It’s time for great Italian food!
We all see eye-to-eye that Italian food is delicious in the spring, summer, and fall, but it’s time to recognize these great delicacies are enjoyed most in winter! After examining six top reasons, we feel sure you’ll agree.
Italian Food is Real
Keep your ketchup sauce, bottled salad dressing, and frozen vegetables for another day (better yet, if you still have the receipt and the items are unused, return them to your grocery store for a full refund).
In Italian cooking, the key is that the food focuses on real and fresh ingredients. When we need tomato sauce, we make it from tomatoes! When preparing salads, fresh greens and vegetables are covered with only light homemade vinaigrette. Frozen vegetables? The best Italian meals use fresh vegetables that are cut and ready only when needed. Because of this approach to hand-prepared ingredients, you can always count on the most delicious Italian meals on the darkest, coldest nights!
Italian Food has Shape
While you might be tempted for a deep-fried nugget that strives to resemble a chicken part, don’t be fooled. On a cold, winter’s night you’ll be better served by one of the many types of pasta that Italy has to offer!
Warm your soul with beautiful bow-tie farfalle pasta in a meat sauce, a short, twisted trottole pasta in a hearty soup, ring-shaped anelli siciliani pasta in a bright salad, or fill your favorite little squares of ravioli and enjoy classic Italian cuisine. These delightful, unique-shaped Italian dishes will be the highlight of your midwinter’s night meal.
Italians have Alfredo!
Sure, America might have Ronald and the Colonel, but Italian cooking has Alfredo di Lelio! In 1908, Alfredo di Lelio was working to cook a delicious dish to please his pregnant wife. He struck upon a unique and most delightful Italian concoction made from Parmesan cheese and butter, pouring it over fettuccine (another wonderfully-shaped Italian noodle). Fettuccini Alfredo was born and your winter’s evening will never be the same again.
Italians Never Skip Meals
Thankfully, Italians never, ever skip meals. From breakfast (colazione) to lunch (pranzo) to dinner (cena), Italians are thankful for their food and time spent with families and friends.
No matter what you are eating (assuming it’s an Italian dish) and drinking (assuming it’s an Italian wine), you will feel the natural warmth of delicious cooking throughout wintertime and enter spring recharged having spent time with those you love. Italians savor the importance of meals with family and friends in all of the seasons and so should you!
Coffee is an Italian Food Group
While many rush around in the morning creating instant coffee (see Mamma Mia above) or race to the local coffee shop drive-through, Italians warm up mornings, midday, afternoon, and evenings with a wide range of coffees.
Espresso, caffè latte, cappuccino, orzo, ristretto, lungo, caffè or corretto, are just a few of the dozens of coffee variations that Italians enjoy as part of their winter diet. Isn’t it time to upgrade your coffee regime – morning, noon, and night?
Italian Gelato Means “Good for You”
Sure, gelato also translates to “frozen” but, regardless, you can perfectly finish any Italian winter meal with fresh, Italian gelato. Not only is it purely authentic to Italian life, but also gelato is low-fat, comes in a vast range of flavors, and freezes quicker, so it melts in your mouth faster! Need we say more? We say, no, grazie.
Still thinking your next winter meal is best served by sushi or a beef burger? Fuhgeddaboudit! Italian food is the only way to go for any winter day!