Vegetarian Offerings To Enjoy At An Italian Restaurant


Vegetarians should be happy to be invited out to eat at an Italian restaurant. There are lots of options that are delicious and also animal free. While you might think of spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, or veal parmigiana, when someone mentions Italian restaurant fare, there are lots of other dishes that are perfectly acceptable for vegetarians. Below is a list of some of the dishes that you might find the next time you have dinner at an Italian Restaurant.

Pumpkin Ravioli

Ravioli is a type of filled pasta that is similar to Asian dumplings. They are filled with either cheese, meat, or pumpkin. They are then served with a sauce or in a light broth. In the case of pumpkin ravioli, you will often see them cooked in boiling salt water, then pan fried in a brown butter and sage sauce. They are a really fun choice for dinner if you're looking for something that is not often found in supermarkets. Most canned or frozen ravioli will either be meat or cheese filled, so if you have the chance to have fresh pumpkin ravioli in a restaurant, then jump at the chance.

Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is the classic rice dish of Italy. It's very creamy, as it's made with broth, white wine, and lots of Parmesan cheese. The rice that is used is typically Arborio, which produces a very delicate and creamy textured dish, unlike common white or brown rice. The base risotto is often mixed with an extra ingredient, in this case mushroom. The mushrooms are sautéed separately in a pan with garlic, shallots, and spices and then added into the risotto shortly before the dish is plated.

Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a really popular dish, and not just with vegetarians. It's a delicious dish made by slicing eggplant, breading it, and frying it until crisp. The eggplant is then placed into a baking dish and covered with shredded mozzarella cheese and marina sauce. The dish can be served on a plate, or you can order it in a hero.

Penne Arrabiata

This pasta dish is just the thing for fans of spicy food. While you might not think of Italian food as being spicy, this dish will chance your mind. The word Arrabiata means angry in Italian, and this refers to the spiciness or the peppers used. Dried red peppers are left to marinate in olive oil, and then garlic and tomatoes are added to the oil and warmed up. This is then used as the sauce for the penna pasta. It is covered with a generous dusting of a hard cheese (something along the lines of Pecorino romano).

Of course, an old fashioned Italian pizzeria may be the place for you if you like classic Italian foods.  There is sure to be one near you that you can visit.


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