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    Default Stocking the Italian Kitchen (Must-Haves)

    In the Pantry:
    > Beans
    > Capers
    > Herbs
    > Olive Oil
    > Pasta
    > Vinegar

    In the Fridge:
    > Alfredo Sauce
    > Cheeses
    > Pine Nuts
    > Prosciutto
    > Sausages
    > Fresh Pasta

    Fresh Produce:
    > Bell Peppers
    > Eggplant
    > Garlic
    > Lemons
    > Mushrooms
    > Tomatoes

    Classic Italian Dishes:

    Antipasti: plate of assorted cheeses, smoked meats, olives, fish and marinated vegetables served as an appetizer.

    Cannoli: deep-fried pastry tubes filled with sweetened ricotta cheese.

    Fettuccine Alfredo: pasta tossed with rich sauce of butter, cream and Parmesan cheese.

    Gnocchi: small boiled dumplings served with butter & Parmesan cheese or a savory sauce.

    Pesto Sauce: fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese & pine nuts.

    Risotto: creamy arborio rice dish that can be flavored with a variety of ingredients.

    Spaghetti Carbonara: pasta tossed with sauce of cream, eggs, Parmesan cheese & bacon bits.

    Tiramisł: layered dessert of ladyfingers dipped in a coffee-Marsala mixture, mascarpone cheese and grated chocolate.

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