Top 5 Italian Dishes to Cook at Home

Italian food is recognized globally for being such a delicacy. The trick here is that a lot of their traditional dishes can find their way to your own kitchen. Here we make a list of numerous dishes that are not only easy to make at home, but will make you feel like a true Italian cook.

  • Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, and Pesto Tarts

Begin your meal with antipasti. These tarts are inexpensive and easy to do. You can serve them as appetizers and they can be easily cooked under an hour.

All you need to prepare this dish is:

8 ounces of ripe tomatoes

1 egg, beaten

1 pound of frozen puff pastry

6 ounces of fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced about ¼ inch think

½ of store bought pesto (not the one in the glass jar)

To give it that extra Italian signature, make your own pesto from arugula or basil.

  • Calamari Fritti

Fried Calamari is a very easy dish to do. It can either be served as an entry or main course. The fundamental part of this dish is not to overcook the calamari, or else they lose flavor and become hard. The Calamari should always be tender and soft, so that they can absorb the flavor into their crust. Take into consideration that the oil temperature has to be at 370° to 380° F to fry the calamari accurately.

All you need to prepare this dish is:

1 pound of cleaned squid

5 tablespoons of flour

5 tablespoons of semolina flour

2 teaspoons of salt

½ teaspoons of black pepper

3 cups of peanut oil

Serve with lemon wedges or a side dish of marinara sauce.

  • Chicken Picatta

This easy Italian recipe can be served over lunch or dinner. It can be effortlessly made, and doesn’t require the use of a variety of utensils to be done.  Chicken Picatta can be served at a formal dinner, or just in between the family. Sear the pounded chicken for three minutes on each side, and then add it in a mixture of lemon, wine and butter.

All you need to prepare this dish is:

4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

Salt and ground black pepper

1 cup of all-purpose flour

¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cups of chicken broth

1 cup of dry white wine

1 lemon sliced into rounds

3 tablespoons of capers

3 garlic cloves, smashed

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

3-4 tablespoons of canola oil

  • Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce Recipe

Consists of tomato and mozzarella cheese salad, with some pesto sauce along with fresh basil. Is a traditional Italian dish, which is not only very quick and easy to make but also with a very authentic Italian taste.

All you need to prepare this dish is:

For Salad:

2 tomatoes


1 pack of Buffalo Mozzarella, sliced.

For the Pesto Sauce:

Handful of Basil

1 cup of Pine Nuts

½ cup of extra virgin olive oil

½ a lemon, squeezed

1 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese

  • Bruschetta

A bruschetta is a sliced piece of bread that can be topped with a variety of toppings. The tomato-basil, is the classic Italian one, and it is a perfect starter dish, that won’t take you much time do to, and will make you feel right in Italy. To serve it, place the bread and place the toppings over it.

All you need to prepare this dish is:

1 loaf of bread

Garlic Cloves

2 Chopped tomatoes

Basil leaves

5 Tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and Pepper