What Makes These Popular Italian Dishes So Special

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Classic Italian dishes like the Margherita pizza are beloved for good reason.

There are countless Italian dishes for diners to try, but only so much food you can eat at once. Italian food offers delicious pasta, pizza, meats, veggies, desserts, and more food fans can enjoy. Before digging into the nitty-gritty of what Italian cuisine has to offer, we suggest you try one of the absolute classic dishes listed below. You can find many of these items on Giolitti Deli’s lunch and dinner menus or in our grocery store. 

Pizza Margherita

The traditional Italian pizza features a thinly-baked crust, specially-prepared tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. The combination of these fresh ingredients makes this pizza satisfying without being overwhelming. 


Lasagna is delicious layered and baked pasta. The layers consist of rich tomato sauce, creamy white sauce, meat, and a topping of mozzarella or parmesan cheeses. 


This velvety-textured semi-soup packs a lot of flavor in small bites. Mushroom and seafood risottos are the most famous varieties and excellent during chilly fall and winter nights. 


Focaccia bread, when freshly-baked for optimum flavor, is a popular Italian bread beloved for its hearty taste. Classic focaccia is just a touch salty and enjoyed best with a drizzle of olive oil. It can be topped with several foods, including olives, cheese, zucchini, and rosemary. 


This dry-cured ham is served as uncooked, finely cut slices. This meat has a light and savory taste that works especially well when paired with cheese. Maybe it belongs on your next charcuterie tray?


These crispy golden brown treats are stuffed rice balls, crispy from being fried in a deep coating of crunchy breadcrumbs. The fillings can include tomato sauce, ragu, mozzarella, and vegetables. At Giolitti Deli, our arancini are filled with beef, peas, and cheese to make a savory treat. 

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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