Are you an Italian food expert?

Can you name fifty different kinds of pasta? Are you a pizza aficionado? Do you have opinions about canned tomatoes? Can you tell a Parmigiano-Reggiano from a Pecorino Romano at a whiff?

This Italian classic is a staple when tomatoes are in season. Fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil all receive a bit of seasoning and a healthy drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to bring a little taste of Italian summer straight to your plate.

Name this dish.
Pasta Primavera
Insalata Ricotta
Panzanella
Insalata Caprese
Tomato Crostini

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Italians take this Roman dish very seriously. So seriously that there are as nearly as many versions as there are Italians! The underpinnings of this recipe are some sort of preserved pork, eggs, a well-aged hard cheese, and (of course!) black pepper! There are several possible choices for the pasta you use, but spaghetti is certainly the most classic.

Name this dish.
Fettucine Alfredo
Pasta Marsala
Cacio e Pepe
Capellini Pomodoro
Pasta Carbonara

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Mouthwatering is the best way to describe this Italian comfort food. Essentially a pasta bake, it features wide pasta, a slow-simmered tomato sauce that often contains meat, bechamel, and generally more than one type of cheese ranging from very soft to very hard depending on the region. You'll find so many variations of this dish from Italian grandmas that almost any ingredient is replaceable or removable, even the pasta! But the essence of this layered Italian treat remains.

Name this dish.
Eggplant Parmigiana
Lasagna
Ziti al Forno
Cannoli
Rigatoni Marinara

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Italians love their food in its simplest forms, and there are few dishes pared further back to basics than this signature Italian dish. Thin sliced raw beef is dressed with tasty extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and capers then seasoned with salt and pepper for a tasty dish you will love to savor. Other classic toppings include aged hard cheese and fresh greens.

Name this dish.
Beef Bolognese
Beef Carpaccio
Caponata
Antipasto
Beef Piccata

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Vegetable soup finds a place in almost every cuisine the world over, and that's no less true in Italy. This soup has a tomato and broth base that incorporates beans, fresh veggies, and pasta (or possibly rice) for a little bit of heaven in a bowl.

Name this dish.
Italian Wedding Soup
Zuppa Toscana
Cioppino
Stracciatella
Minestrone

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If you've ever wanted a pasta recipe for those days when you didn't make it to the grocery story but still need dinner for the family, this dish will deliver! All you need is some pasta, some Pecorino Romano, and some fresh cracked black pepper. Sometimes other hard, aged cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano are used, but a good Pecorino is the classic choice. Give this one a try next time your fridge is empty and you just need to get dinner on the table fast.

Name this dish.
Baked Ziti
Pasta Carbonara
Cacio e Pepe
Pasta Scampi
Pasta Cacciatore

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Pasta may be one of the best known staple Italian standards, but this versatile cornmeal dish graces many tables in central and northern Italy. While it can be served at a porridge-like consistency and accompanied by ragu or other sauce. It is also made in dryer consistencies which are then baked into loaves, or cut in smaller pieces and fried.

Name this dish.
Polenta
Scampi Fritta
Eggplant Parmigiana
Calamari
Prosciutto

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This pillowy little pasta is a crowd-pleaser. Semolina flour is usually the base for this favorite, but many other ingredients can be added to the base recipe as well, depending on region, like potato or cornmeal. Tossed in a fresh sauce like other pasta, or smothered and baked, this pasta gem is a must try for any Italian food lover.

Name this dish.
Tortellini
Ravioli
Arancini
Ossobuco
Gnocchi

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Toast can be basic or toast can be magnificent. Leave it to the Italians to turn toast into a virtual work of art. Hearty bread is cut in thick slices and grilled or toasted, rubbed with garlic, and drizzled with olive oil. Then the fun begins. The toast can be topped with everything from fruit to vegetables, but fresh tomatoes with garlic and basic are a well-traveled classic.

Name this dish.
Panzanella
Carbonara
Bruschetta
Manicotti
Pancetta

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Rice is a classic Italian staple. This Italian take on rice porridge has received rave reviews the world over. Made with starchy, chewy rice, this rice dish cooks slowly on the stovetop while a dedicated cook continually stirs it and adds more hot stock, broth, or other liquid until the rice is cooked to the perfect consistency. This dish can be made with the addition of many kinds of meat, vegetables, fruit, fish, and cheese--or any combination thereof.

Name this dish.
Polenta
Braciola
Penne Bolognese
Risotto
Minestrone

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Italy takes its stuffed pasta very seriously, and nowhere more so than with this little pasta gem. The telltale little circle of this stuffed pasta makes it a visual delight as well. While stuffings may vary slightly, cheese is always a key component. Many sauces and presentations are used to create a thousand flavor sensations for these little packets of goodness.

Name this dish.
Tortellini
Ravioli
Tagliatelle
Rigatoni
Gnocchi

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This Italian dessert demands your attention. When you combine ladyfinger biscuits, espresso, eggs, sugar, mascarpone, and often chocolate, you get this unforgettable show-stopper. If you do make it through a five or seven-course Italian meal, a spectacular finish like this may be waiting for you at the end!

Name this dish.
Cannoli
Gelato
Panna Cotta
Biscotti
Tiramisu

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