“Primi Piatti” are usually served as a first course in a traditional Italian meal, just after the Starters but before the “Secondi Piatti”. In this category you will find mostly ideas for pasta, rice dishes and soups.
“Secondi Piatti” are usually served as a second course in a traditional Italian meal, just after the “Primi Piatti” but before the Desserts; they are usually accompanied by a side dish (“Contorni”). In this category you will find mostly preparations with meat, fish, eggs or cheese as the main ingredient.
In a traditional Italian meal the “Contorni” are usually served as a side dish for the second course, just after the “Primi Piatti” but before the Desserts. In this recipe you will find recipes to cook almost any vegetables, ideas for salads, traditional preparations with potatoes and the likes.
Dolci literally means “sweets,” and end a traditional Italian meal or just a mid-afternoon snack, From "pasticcini" small pastries, little tarts, biscotti or chocolate creams, to the bigger and more elaborate ones such as cakes, "torte", as well as all kinds of other treats such as gelato and panna cotta. A side mention for coffee. A must after the dolce, sometimes along with Digestivo: a “digestive” or Ammazzacaffè dinner liqueur like Grappa, Mirto or Limoncello.
After a satisfying meal and a good coffee, Italians often share some liqueur: it's the ‘ammazzacaffè’, literally the ‘coffee killer’. Cozy and relaxed mood, just like the articles of this last category: not recipes, only tidbits of information about Italian traditions, customs, places, ingredients and cuisine.