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Dining Out: Italian Cuisine

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1/28/2018 9:24:43 AM

FISHGUT3's SparkPage
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9/29/2017 3:28:46 AM

Thanks for sharing!!!
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9/12/2017 10:48:45 AM

Thanks for sharing
6/25/2017 11:03:27 AM

Thanks for sharing
5/31/2016 10:23:02 AM

NEREA_72's SparkPage
I live in Italy and my Italian meals are much healthier! Some tips: "Alfredo" sauce is NOT Italian, no one here knows what it is! Forget it! ;) We prefer our pasta with tomato sauce (tomatoes+herbs), bolognese (with minced meat and tomatoes, cooked for a long time), with vegetables... A typical Carbonara (made with cream, pork underbelly, half an egg and parmesan cheese) is less than 600 calories, if you stick to the recipe and eat 80 grams (nearly 3 oz) of pasta, which is a normal portion for us.
Sometimes we use cream for sauces ('Panna') but usually in old-fashioned recipes and in rich preparations like lasagne or cannelloni, which are often reserved to special occasions or festive days. We never put chicken in pasta or risotto and surely we only use 'Italian dressing' (oil, vinegar, a pinch of salt or lemon) on salads.
Traditional Italian dishes are easy to prepare yourself - forget 'Italian-sounding' restaurants, really: you can actually eat closer to the real Italian thing at home! And if you do it Italian-style, it is healthier than you might think.
3/1/2013 10:43:01 PM

WOOGIE123's SparkPage
This is a very helpful article!
3/27/2011 2:56:19 PM

Before, I couldn't have done this: I ordered a lemon pepper grilled chicken marinara on fettucini, topped with hand grated parmesan, and the calorie count was ok if you were serving 4. When it came, the serving could serve 4. I divided it into 4, and had a portion that was right for me. Took the rest home and we had dinner and then another plate for my husband when I had a meeting.
3/27/2010 7:33:37 AM

Just happened to read this again and I'm still wondering about the 20 cheese tortellini having 530 calories. I'm not sure which tortellini Spark people is using to get that calorie count. While cheese tortellini is not one of the better choices when watching one's weight, I don't believe 20 pieces have 530 calories.
3/27/2009 12:48:45 PM

Interesting, but as with all food, there are differences in preparations of the same exact dish. For example, the tortellini calorie count for 20 pieces is prepared how? Again, in marinara it's fine but alfredo will add more fat. And by the way, Marsala should NOT contain cream.
2/14/2009 1:15:32 PM

M73ROCKY's SparkPage
My husband I and I have dinner plans with friends and this article was a real help! We are saying "goodbye" to our old ways of ordering cream sauces and eating baskets of bread at our favorite restaurant.
11/5/2008 9:52:53 AM

This article was a life saver, have to go to lunch with business and I was worried since the place we are going has a small menu and i didn't want to draw attention to myself as a dieter by ordering a small salad.
7/15/2008 3:43:10 AM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
I got hungry reading the list of Italian foods that were BAD. Think SMALL PORTIONS.

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