How Italian Food Can Nourish Your Brain and Your Stomach

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Discover how common ingredients of Italian food, like tomatoes, are good for your health.

If you’re like most people, you already know how well Italian food tastes and just how satisfying it can be. However, did you also know that your favorite Italian foods are loaded with healthy ingredients that are not only heart-healthy but “brain-healthy” too? That’s right, you can nourish your brain by eating more of your favorite Italian food. Multiple studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet improves cognitive function, reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and slows the rate of cognitive decline. Read on to learn more about the key ingredients that can benefit your brain. 

Olive Oil 

Olive oil is an essential component of Italian food and is also a healthy dietary fat. But, it can also reverse memory loss and improve learning ability. 


Fresh tomatoes provide you with excellent powerful antioxidants proven to help protect your brain cells from damage. The damage caused by free radicals is a factor that can often result in dementia. 


While garlic adds powerful flavor to many meals, it also can help prevent and slow the growth of brain cancer. Researchers have found that a compound in garlic can reduce the growth of glioblastoma brain tumors and prevent the progression of the tumors in patients who have already developed them. 

A Glass of Wine

Much Italian food tastes even better when accompanied by a glass of wine. Fortunately, research has found that red wine may improve your memory. The compound resveratrol, found in wine, was found to increase word retention and speed performance in the part of the brain that plays a vital role in memory. 

The next time you enjoy some fresh Italian food at Giolitti Deli, remember that you’re not just nourishing your stomach, but your brain as well! 

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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