Italian cuisine is known to be one of the most popular in the world. Italian cuisine is characterized by its extreme simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.
Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating - it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, beans, nuts, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Cheese, sausages and wine are also characterising this cuisine.
Italian cuisine is best known for its use of a diverse variety of pasta. Pasta include noodles in various lengths, widths and shapes. Distinguished on shapes they are named - penne, macaroni, spaghetti, linguine, fusilli, lasagne and many more varieties that are filled with other ingredients like ravioli and tortellini.