Here’s the ten most famous recipes that you can find in Italy to face the hottest days, perfect for the summer: tasty, fresh, light and colorful dishes for everyone!

1. Rice salad

Colorful and tasty, there are a lot of variations of rice salad (insalata di riso): the most traditional ingredients include ham, pickles, tomatoes, mayonnaise, egg and tuna.  Everything is mixed up with boiled rice, refrigerated for a few hours and served cool.


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2. Caprese salad 

Caprese salad was invented in Capri and is one of the most iconic and fresh recipe of the Italian cousine: easy, impressive and delicious! This tasty dish include only few ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, finished with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


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3. Parma ham and melon

This dish is the perfect combo to eat during summer: Parma ham with cantaloupe melon, two simple ingredients but both excellent to enhance each other. Ham and melon create a nice contrast of taste: the saltiness of the prosciutto complements the sweetness of the melon.


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4. Pasta fredda

Pasta fredda is a perfect dish to take to the office, to the beach or for a pic-nic, a true summer essential. It is dressed with vegetables, pickles and olive oil. We recommend to eat it cold!


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5. Stuffed tomatoes with rice

Typical dish of Lazio cuisine, prepared with ripe tomatoes, emptied and stuffed with rice and tomato pulp. A delicious Italian vegetarian main dish, cooked in the oven together with potatoes.

6. Ligurian focaccia

Focaccia is an Italian bread from Liguria’s region, specifically from Genoa, (in the north west of Italy) and dates back to 16th century. It is crunchy on the outside and soft inside, enriched with salt and olive oil. You’ll find it’s hard to stop at just one bite!

7. Eggplant parmigiana

Eggplant parmigiana (Parmigiana di Melanzane) is southern vegetarian Italian classic dish based on thin slices of fried eggplant layered with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes , cooked in the oven.

8. Panzanella

When the temperature start to increase, it means only one thing: salad for dinner, an essential recipe of summer for anyone.  Panzanella is a typical dish of the Tuscan tradition, a cold salad of stale dried bread cut into small pieces, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, salt, pepper, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. There is also a Lazio variant, which the bread isn’t cut, a sort of bruschetta but based on old bread.


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9. Friselle with tomatoes

An Apulian summer dish can only be Friselle with fresh tomatoes, a type of twice-baked bread based on durum wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. Friselle are usually consumed as a single meal,  often served very simply, topped with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with sea salt. The origins of Friselle date back around the 10th Century, eaten especially by merchants who were out months at sea, sailing to reach distant markets.


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10. Stuffed courgettes

Stuffed courgettes are an ideal second course or as main dish perfect for the summer! This dish is very typical in Liguria’s region with peasant origin. Simple to prepare at home, you can fill courgettes as you prefer: with meat, with vegetables, with potatoes, with tuna or just with cheese, pulp and breadcrumbs.


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Prepare your favourite one and refresh your lunch and dinner!

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