A Thanksgiving Taste of Italy: Fresh Flavors for Your Feast
Every occasion is a good occasion for Italian food. Although there are certain dishes that are particolarmente delizioso during the holidays. With Thanksgiving coming around, we can give you some great ideas. An Italian Thanksgiving dinner offers a breathtaking spread of hearty foods. They will leave even the deepest appetite satisfied. Invite your family, your second cousins, and your cousin’s friends. You’re going to need them because the food you’re about to enjoy is going to be big, heavy, and delicious.
What Makes an Italian Thanksgiving?
Imagine your typical American Thanksgiving. You probably see stuffing, mashed potatoes, gobs of gravy, some pies, and, of course, a massive turkey that’s perfectly cooked, seasoned, and stuffed.
To add the flavors your Italian Thanksgiving needs, you’ll need to turn to the savory delights of meats, cheeses, pasta, and more. Don’t be shy with your portions, either. Put enough classic Italian dishes on the table to satisfy a small village. Especially before anyone can notice the turkey is missing.
5 Italian Dishes for a Thanksgiving Feast
Let’s get specific. You need plates full of traditional staples, like spaghetti, lasagna (especially lasagna), chicken parmigiana, and more. So long as vibrant red tomato sauce is everywhere the eye can see, you’re essentially on the right track.
1. Spaghetti – Obviously a classic Italian dish that no Italian-American dinner is complete without. You can serve it with meatballs, meat sauce, or crumbled sausage. Maybe even use an old family recipe.
2. Lasagna – This dish is known for its layers of pasta, topped with ricotta, savory meat sauce, mozzarella, and Parmigiano. When it comes to Italian-American Thanksgiving, lasagna is so flavorful, heavy, and satisfying that it’s essentially required. A plate with a slab of lasagna is a happy plate.
3. Chicken Parmigiana – A classic chicken dish that includes a breaded tender, moist chicken breast that is flash-fried. Then bake it with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Great to serve alongside a helping of spaghetti. Yum!
4. Sausage Napoletana – Take this dish to another level by handmaking the sausage that is crumbled and mixed into a roasted tomato sauce. However, an over-the-counter Italian sausage will work too. Typically served with penne pasta, but you can use other noodles if you wish.
5. Ravioli Tradizionali – A bowl of traditional ravioli never goes wrong, especially not for an Italian Thanksgiving. Served with tomato sauce, basil, and Parmigiano, these kinds of ravioli burst with decadent flavor. Also great as a vegetarian option! However, there are a variety of fillings you can use.
Don’t Forget the Right Drinks
Fill your table with hearty foods and drinks. To truly enjoy your Italian-inspired cuisine, you need the perfect drink pairing. And what isn’t more Italian than wine? We carry two great wines – the Sartori Pinot Grigio and Banfi Collepino Sangiovese. They both pair perfectly with Italian dishes.
Sartori Pinot Grigio – Well balanced, crisp, and silky, Sartori Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine with a citrus bouquet. Serve alongside your salads and greens to make a lasting impression.
Banfi CollePino Sangiovese – Banfi CollePino Sangiovese comes from the hillsides of Tuscany. This ruby-red wine will delight the palate with its bright cherry and dark berry notes. It pairs best with pasta, meats, and spicy cheeses.
Feast with Spizzico Italian Kitchen is Delizioso!
If you don’t feel like cooking this year, we can help! For mouthwatering Italian cuisine that will leave your family grateful and satisfied, choose Spizzico Italian Kitchen. Here at Spizzico Italian Kitchen, family comes first. You can order take-out and reheat. In addition, we offer catering for larger parties.
Spizzico Italian Kitchen has been serving excellent Italian food for over 20 years. Our recipes go back generations. If you need help adding a little bit of Italy to your Thanksgiving dinner, Spizzico Italian Kitchen is ready to help. There is no better place to trust with your Thanksgiving feast.