DO YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
ABOUT ITALIAN CUISINE?
You think you eat a lot of pasta?
Don't worry, italians eat 25 kg of pasta in a year! Hungarians eat only 7,5 kg.
How to cook the perfect pasta?
1. Use a large pot and plenty of water - so the pasta doesn't stick
2. Don't overcook! Al dente means: to the tooth.
The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender
3. Never ever rinse the pasta! (unless you make cold pasta salad)
4. Keep some of the cooking water: the strachy water will add a little body to whatever sauce you choose
Penne, fusilli and spaghetti? Come on, there are so much more: over 300 shapes and many variations!
for example casarecce (from Sicily, it's very narrow, twisted and rolled tube), tagliatelle (from the world 'cut' - it's long
and ribbon-like in shape), or bigoli (similar to spaghetti, but thicker)
We love colors! To cheer you up, we experiment with colored pastas every now and then.
We use natural ingredients only, for example carrots, squid ink, spinach
The word 'pizza' was first documented in 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. Margherita pizza got its name from the queen Margherita of Savoy. According to a popular tradition, it was made for her in 1889 when she visited Naples. The colors used to resemble the Italian flag: red / white / green: tomatoes / mozzarella / basil.
Roman pizza al taglio: pizza by the cut. These rectangular pizzas are also caled pizza al metro
Neapolitan pizza: small, rhin-crust pizzas made in a wood-burning oven.
Sicilian pizza: originating in Palermo. The name literally means 'sponge', which describes the way
the dough behaves when soaking up the oils in the pan.
The Italian word for tomato is pomodoro, which literally means: golden apple (pomo d'oro).
The Spanish name is tomate - they used the original, aztec name 'xitomati'.
Hungarian name: paraicsom - its name used to be 'paradicsomalma', which means 'the apple of paradise', but it shortened to paradise/paradicsom during the centuries.