A Traditional Italian Meal


Here's a Traditional Italian Dinner I served to our family with six courses that lasted over 2 hours. This type of meal is more like an "event"--perhaps on a Sunday afternoon with family and friends and plan for plenty of visiting in-between courses. Because there are so many courses, the portions are quite small. It was such fun learning about the courses of an Italian dinner and the wines to serve with each dish. Here's to Italian Food! 
Buon Appetito!

Cheese, Pistachios, Salami, and Olives, served with Pinot Grigio
First Course - Antipasto - "Before the Meal" similar to appetizers in America.

Fettuccine with Truffle Butter and Sourdough Baguettes served with Chardonnay
Second Course - Primo - A pasta dish, risotto, gnocchi, or soup served with a hard bread.

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Zucchini Boats served with Pinot Noir
Third Course - Secondo with Cortorno - A meat dish with a vegetable.

Spinach Salad with Fig Dressing served with Sauvignon Blanc
Fourth Course - Insalata - A salad, served after the main dish to cleanse your palate before dessert.

Crescent Lined Baked Brie with Apricots served with a Sweet Riesling
Fifth Course - Formaggio e Frutta - Cheese and Fruit

Cannoli with Ricotta Filling served with Prosecco followed by a cup of coffee
Sixth Course - Dulce - A final sweet or dessert

See more Italian Menu Ideas HERE.