Bucatini Carbonara (+ A Little Giveaway!) (CLOSED)

Bucatini Carbonara (click through for recipe)There's a new restaurant that opened this past year in my hometown that I just love. It has super cute decor and serves a menu filled with locally-grown/raised menu items. One dish I keep seeing is pappardelle carbonara, which is the same dish as spaghetti carbonara, just different noodles. Every time someone orders this dish it looks just amazing. One of the main ingredients is jowl bacon though, and since I don't usually eat pork I haven't ordered it myself. But, I decided, why not make it at home?

This post was created in collaboration with Barilla and their new Collezione pasta with cuts and textures inspired by the regions in Italy. We used their scrumptious Collezione Bucatini pasta, inspired by the Lazio region in Italy, to create this vegetarian-friendly version. For those of you unfamiliar with bucatini pasta, it's like a hollow spaghettiβ€”similar to a strawβ€”which gives it a thicker comfort-food feel, without being too heavy.

Bucatini Carbonara (click through for recipe) Another component of this dish you'll notice is that little yellow egg yolk sitting on top. The sauce for this dish is usually made of egg yolks and cheese, but there are lots of different ways to prepare and present it. I personally love this presentation so you get to stir the yolk into your hot noodles just before eating, but you could also choose to do this ahead of time in case the sight of egg yolks just doesn't excite you like it does me. I'll give you a few more ideas on how you could customize this recipe to suit your particular tastes. Food is meant to be enjoyed, so customize away, my friends!

How to cook pastaBucatini Carbonara, serves 4.

12 ounces Barilla Collezione Bucatini pasta
6 slices of facon (could be swapped for mushrooms if you're not crazy about fake meat)
5 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 egg yolks
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
salt + pepper

Begin by cooking the facon (or bacon, if you must). Once cooked and crispy, chop it up into small pieces and set aside.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Just before draining, reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta liquid. 

CarbonaraWhile the pasta cooks, mince the garlic and sautΓ© in a pan with butter and olive oil. Toss in the pasta, cheese, and facon, and let everything get nice and hot and lightly coated in the butter and oil.

Divide the pasta into four servings and place on a plate. Add the egg yolk and drizzle a couple teaspoons hot pasta liquid over the yolk. Sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and parsley.

Bucatini Carbonara (click through for recipe)  If you prefer, you can toss in the egg yolks while the pasta is still in the pan and let the yolks coat and cook a little before removing the pasta to plates. You could also choose to skip the yolks and just drizzle in 2-3 tablespoons cream along with the cheese to create a light and creamy quick sauce. Totally up to you.

I love the simplicity of this dish. It's just such a comforting and easy-to-make meal. Yum! Make this for someone you love this week.

Pasta giveawayAnd now for something fun: a giveaway!!!!!

THE PRIZE: One lucky winner will get a gift basket full of goodies from Barilla, which includes a wooden spoon set, a fresh herb saver, a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma, and of course plenty of Barilla pasta. And you'll have to option to receive recipe ideas and tips from Barilla's executive chef, Chef Lorenzo!

TO ENTER: Just leave us a comment telling us your favorite Italian region or dish! Giveaway is open until August 8, and the winner will be contacted shortly after that.

Happy cooking! xo. Emma

NOTE: We were aware of the Barilla CEO's ignorant comments last fall. Elsie and I fully support equal rights and consideration for all, so it was troubling to hear. However, we agreed to work with Barilla, because the company immediately apologized and distanced itself from the CEO's offhand comments made in that interviewβ€”taking actionable steps directly contradicting the comments. We believe in allowing the opportunity to acknowledge, apologize for, and actionably correct mistakes. 

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  • My favorite region in Italy is the area known as Cinque Terre (the five villages). I booked two days here as a stopover during a backpacking trip after college, and wish we would have stayed much longer! It’s beautiful, the food is delicious, and the people are warm and friendly.

  • I love risotto. I’ve never tried bucatini pasta, but it sounds delicious. Great post!

  • I had the privilege of going to Florence, Italy on a mission trip and after that, Italian food has never been the same. Their pasta dishes changed me for life, especially the ravioli! Stuffed with spinach, cheese, sausage (or, let’s be honest, a combination of them all) – you name it, it’s AMAZING. Hope you get to go sometime!

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  • Italy is such a lovely and diverse country, but I have always wanted to wisit Liguria and Sicily. Italian cusine is great for people like me how love tomatoes, basile, parmesan, seafood, vegetables etc. Ah, I just love it all! πŸ˜€

  • Love Love Love basic spaghetti noodles with butter, garlic, and parmesan.

  • My favorite Italian dish is Calzone,I’m not sure how to make it but I tried once in Old bistro at Downtown Minneapolis, MN. It’s actually originated from Naples,Italy.
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  • Eggplant parmigiana all the way! I am growing eggplant for the first time this year, so I’m excited to be able to make this at home whenever I want.

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  • Never been to Italy, but I love any kind of pasta, hmmm yumm

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  • My favorite Italian dish is the spaghetti my mom makes. With lots of garlic bread, of course!

  • It is an Italian Chicken Skillet full of vegis like fire-roasted tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms served over spaghetti.

  • I love pasta with some pesto! and I love boiled pasta with just cheese-lots of it

  • Pasta is my love language! I love ravioli, stuffed with plenty of cheese and spinach. πŸ™‚

  • This dish looks lovely! My favorite Italian dish would be Lasagna, homemade is the best!

  • I love the Galileo Museo in Florence. They literally have his finger preserved in a jar.

  • I wish I could say my favorite region of Italy – someday I’ll get there!! But I absolutely love gelato. I’m such a sweet tooth πŸ˜‰

  • I absolutely LOVE Venice, I’ve been there four times so far, which isn’t enough IMO πŸ™‚ Just give me any type of pasta and I’ll be good, but Spaghetti alla puttanesca has my heart!

  • Gnocchi! I had a plate of gorgonzola & pear gnocchi in Florence, and that meal will NEVER be topped.

  • spaghetti of course, thanks for the chance

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  • My grandfather is from Gallo Matese, Italy, so I grew up eating all kinds of Italian dishes and they are all my favorite, but especially anything with hot italian sausage πŸ™‚

  • I think something simple and comforting like Pasta Carbonara. It’s an easy dish, but surprising how many do it wrong.

  • I love pasta, both cooking with them and eating them. I love Barilla personally, they are so easy to cook and taste good. I love italian food and Italy, would love to visit there someday. My most favorite pasta is the good old lasagna, and my husband’s favorite is Radiotori pasta with spinach gratin, thats the only pasta he eats, this guy!

    xo

  • I was super lucky to have a chance to visit my Grandma’s family in Italy (Lombardia region) this Spring – their homemade pizza (with asparagus and a fried egg) and homemade goat’s cheese was sooo incredible, I dream about it :). Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  • spaghetti carbonara is actually my favorite dish! I make it all the time since it’s so quick and easy.

  • In Sardinia the best Fregola for Pilau. I like it best with shell fish but they make it with other meats as well. Fregola is like little pasta rice. So good!

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  • Ooh, this is the perfect giveaway! My friends actually make fun of me for eating pasta at least three times a week. I just love pasta way too much πŸ˜€
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    When it comes to my favorite region in Italy I guess I’ll have to go with Venice because my boyfriend and I are currently trying to make some extra money to travel there again sometime soon. But I adored every part of Italy I’ve already seen and it’s one of my favorite countries to travel.
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  • A couple years ago me and my mom went on a trip to Rome to paint and photograph the amazing city, and it was absolutely stunning! So Rome is definitely my favorite part of Italy! And of course we can’t forget the gelato. Mmmmm that perfect gelato!

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  • Umbria – so authentic, calming, and beautiful.

  • I once spent time in Cortona on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. The city was beautiful! One night, tucked into one of the fairy lit, cobbled side streets I had the most delicious mushroom stuffed gnocchi in a mushroom cream sauce. It was incredible!

  • I’m a fan of Chicken parmigiana! But any pasta is pretty much good by me!

  • Ahhh this look amazeballs!!! I LOVE the presentation with the yolk — kind of daring! One of my absolute favorite Italian dishes is pasta puttanesca! Mmm.. thanks for sharing!

    xx Bee
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  • ohhh that looks yummy!!! I always love the try the shrimp scampi when I get Italian.

  • I’d have to say my favorite Italian dish is ravioli al pomodoro, although carbonara is much easier to make (and also delicious).

  • This looks so YUM! When we went, Venice was my husband and my favorite πŸ™‚

  • Chicken Vesuvio at Harry Carays in Chicago-it was delicious but I mostly remember that it was my first trip to Chicago and a wonderful date night with my future husband!

  • I’m going to have to say Abruzzo because that is where my mom is from! I love this post because it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood memories. When my mom would make Bucatini (which we called slurpies) we always had a contest at dinner that the first one that slurps has to do the dishes. My brothers and I never ate so cautiously! πŸ™‚

  • Sadly – I’ve never been to Italy (not yet at least!) But my favorite dish is rotoloni – yummy pasta + lots of melted cheese. SO good.

    This dish looks delicious too!

  • Browned butter and mizithra on any pasta. Easy, cheap and really yummy!

  • There used to be a little family-owned Italian restaurant near the house I grew up in and they made the very best spaghetti with thick homemade noodles and meat sauce, and I miss eating it so much!! The place closed a few years ago, right around when my parents sold the house and moved. Can you say death to my childhood?!?

  • I love pasta (but of course, who doesn’t?)! I’ve never been to Italy but I want to go some day to see all of the art (I love art!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I love dessert so my favorites are gelato and cannolis!

  • My favorite Italian dish is gnocchi with pesto.

  • I recently learned how to make wine soaked noodles with a pesto topping and I’m addicted! It’s basically cooking your noodles in a bottle of red wine versus regular water. So good! I’m drooling over this recipe too. πŸ™‚

    Thanks ladies!

  • i’m a sucker for gnocchi with vadka sauce, but love carbonara, too. This looks great!

  • My favorite italian dish is chicken and prosciutto stuffed tortellini with a red wine vinaigrette!

  • I think it’s probably this! I mean, carbonara is true comfort good!

  • I love Santa Margarita on the Italian coast!

  • My favorite plae in Italy is Naples….and drinking lots and wine and eating insane amounts of pizza while there!!! πŸ™‚

  • I love a great simple and thin-crusted pizza that’s been cooked in a wood fire oven. Can’t beat that!

  • My boyfriend has mastered carbonara. I know when he offers to make dinner I’m in for a special treat!
    When I cook, I tend to go more light, dressing my pasta with roasted veggies, lemon juice and olive oil.
    I love them both!

  • My fav dishes are lasagna and risotto!
    Lovely and delicious post.

  • I love the walnut sauce on all the pastas in the Ligurian area like the towns of Cinque Terre!

  • Oh Italy & pasta! Be still my heart! Latly I’ve been loving a good chicken pasta salad with a simple garlic vinigret but that could change!

  • I like so many Italian offerings. I love gelato and caprese salads. I would eat them both everyday of my life if weight gain was not a factor.

  • Penne in Pink Vodka sauce. I have never been to Italy, I can only imagine how lovely it would taste there…

  • Manicotti all the way. My mama makes the best ^_^

  • Any pasta is fine by me but I LOVE Italian style pizzas!!

  • I love a good hearty meat lasagna myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My favorite Italian dish would have to be gnocchi. My sister and I made a version of gnocchi with kabocha squash and a creamy mushroom sauce for the holidays.

  • I learned Italian for five years but never had the chance to actually practice in the country. But it is on top of my list for when we will go back to Europe.
    My favorite dish might be as simple as pizza, or homemade ravioli filled with spinach and cheeses and eaten in a yummy broth.

  • Fettuccine, gnocchi, ravioli, manicotti… how could you ever choose? πŸ™‚ Love it all

  • my favorite dish is : Heartattack on a Plate. It is essentially carbonara. Bacon, Mushrooms, Green Onions, Alfredo, Pasta and a side of Tums! Lol!! It is my cousin’s recipe that I adopted and always give her credit for it. It is also the ONLY dish my father loves that I make. Lol!!

  • my favorite italian dish is hands down homemade lasagna! I love barilla as well, it’s my go to boxed pasta if there’s no time for making it fresh, and who am I kidding, there’s never enough time to make it from scratch LOL

  • My favourite region in Italy is Venetia. It has everything: the sea, the most incredible and misterious city Venice, DELICIOUS food (hello squid ink pasta!) and lovely people. I don’t really have a favourite Italian dish because I lovealmost everything Itlian. But I really like risotti and all the fresh vegetable an fruit you can get at the markets.

  • I love pasta, and Barilla specifically, because they do the best whole-grain and higher-protein/higher-fiber pastas. My favorite is thin spaghetti tossed with olive oil, minced garlic, and parm, along with some fresh herbs. Lately, I’ve been making my own pizza (using yeast for the first time EVER), and loving the process, and the pizza (favorite is some spaghetti sauce from a jar, and a ton of thinly sliced Vidalia onion). Thanks for the carbonara recipe!

  • Cinque Terra is the most beautiful place and so picturesque!

  • My favorite Italian dish is spaghetti with sundried tomatoes, spinach, grilled chicken, and goat cheese. It’s delicious! Thank you for doing giveaways!

  • My husband and I went to San Gimignano in the Tuscany region during part of our honeymoon in Italy! Such beautiful countryside and the food and wine are to die for!

  • rome, since i love roman history. and i love me some eggplant parm. yum!

  • Oh hands down my favorite italian dish is lasagna. Any kind of lasagna. Yum!!

  • My favourite dish is probably eggplant parmesan or margherita pizza! My favourite region is either where the Cinque Terre is or Calabria where my family is from.

  • Campania!! Campania is amazing – sandwiched between Rome and southern Italy, you get a good mix, and if you’re on the Amalfi coast, easy access to the freshest seafood. It’s so fresh and delicious that all a dish needs is pasta, seafood and a light sauce –spaghetti con le vongole is a good one…clams, olive oil, herbs and spaghetti. Everything is so fresh, the simple ingredients speak for themselves, And a nice glass of wine, of course!

    My very sweet and romantic husband took me to Italy for my birthday last year and we ate our way through the Amalfi Coast. I have burst mode pics of me eating a cannoli and it is hysterical, one of my favorite memories from our trip! Wish I could post that here for your viewing pleasure!! πŸ™‚

  • Definitely lasagna! So delicious! But pasta carbonara is a close second, so I’ll definitely give this a try. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!

  • Campania!! Campania is amazing – sandwiched between Rome and southern Italy, you get a good mix, and if you’re on the Amalfi coast, easy access to the freshest seafood. It’s so fresh and delicious that all a dish needs is pasta, seafood and a light sauce –spaghetti con le vongole is a good one…clams, olive oil, herbs and spaghetti. Everything is so fresh, the simple ingredients speak for themselves, And a nice glass of wine, of course!

    My very sweet and romantic husband took me to Italy for my birthday last year and we ate our way through the Amalfi Coast. I have burst mode pics of me eating a cannoli and it is hysterical, one of my favorite memories from our trip! Wish I could post that here for your viewing pleasure!! πŸ™‚

  • My favorite Italian dish is Chicken Piccata! It is so yummy! Thanks for giving me the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  • I just made a roasted cauliflower carbonara and it was delicious! This might be my new favorite!

  • Sorrento and the surrounding area. Soooo beautiful there.
    I love Saghetti Vongole!

  • I’ve never been to Italy, so I don’t know enough about it to say which is my favorite region. But, when it comes to food…lots of meals are right up at the top. Since I love seafood so much, I’d have to say Seafood Portofino. Delicious!

  • I know I’m silly, but I love and will always love spaghetti. It is definitely my favorite food, hands down!

  • My most favorite Italian thing must be the Caffe! [Cappuccinos, Macchiatos, Doppios! Yum!] although I do also very much enjoy pastas.

  • I love spaghetti with soy sauce, nutritional yeast and asiago cheese. So hippie and so good!

  • I love gnocchi in a tomato cream sauce!

  • I’m not very well traveled throughout Italy, but I have been to Tuscany and loved it! As far as food goes, you can’t pull me away from anything Italian. I can dig into fresh pasta with just garlic, olive oil and pecorino cheeseβ€”yum!

  • This looks really delicious! As usual! My favorite Italian dish is lasagne with courgette, tomatoes, olives and lots of cheese.

  • Honestly love any Italian pasta dish! And it’s just a bonus if it has mushrooms with a little garlic bread

  • A nice simple fettuccine alfredo with bruschetta on top and of course garlic bread/ rolls!

  • ravioli!!
    ps also hoping a hasbeens giveaway will be coming soon…

  • I love basically all pasta, but one of my favorite italian dishes is chickpea noodle soup made with thick ribbons of pappardelle pasta from the Puglia region of Italy. It is so light and warming. It is typically made with chicken broth but I use veggie broth instead.

  • I could eat my mom’s creamy pesto chicken pasta for every meal every day if I could! She makes the pesto fresh from her garden and uses as many fresh local ingredients as she can! So delicious!

  • Capri is my favorite place in Italy! I love eggplant/chicken parm, pasta, and pizza – so basically everything? πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • We ate so much good food when we visited Venice! All time favorite is gnocchi though! Could eat it every day.

  • oh goodness – anything my grandma makes is my favorite! But I have to say her spicy seafood and pepper salad is amazing!!

  • ah my all time favorite is fresh homemade pesto with some spiral pasta, we had the best dish of this ever in Cinque Terra!

  • Our favorite Italian dish is an alfredo dish with veggies and grilled chicken. My kids gobble that up every time, too!
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  • I love the Tuscany region…Siena, specifically. So many happy memories there! I don’t know if I can narrow down a favorite dish…you can’t go wrong with anything involving a good pasta.

  • Oh man. I adore a good Chicken Alfredo Al Dente. But if I’m feeling a bit more adventurous I’ll go for some gnocchi.

  • Cool Post! My favorite italian dish (by far!) is Eggplant Parmesan served with some Angel Hair Pasta and a delicious red sauce. Mmmmm, and you can’t forget some italian red wine! πŸ™‚

  • I don’t know much about Italy, but I do know they have lots of freighters and large boats on their western coast so my boatnerd self would definitely like it there!

    I love spaghetti and butter with a lot of parmesean, and I especially love the way the house feels while boiling the noodles in winter! I can’t eat tomatoes, so no sauce! =/

  • This looks yummy! I’d make a vegan version of it. I’ve never heard of this type of pasta- the straw-spaghetti- sounds cool! My favorite dish is probably sausage and peppers with penne. I have made a vegan version of it many times and it never disappoints! I also love anything with pesto! And garlic bread! πŸ™‚

  • Favorite Italian dish is any kind of whole wheat pasta with my Mom’s homemade meatballs and my special homemade spaghetti sauce – I have a secret ingredient that makes it my families favorite sauce!!

  • Actually in our household the favorite Italian dish is spaghetti carbonara, but it is always fun to mix up the usuals. So maybe I should really give this a try the next my dear boyfriend is craving carbonara!
    Thanks for a great and inspirational blog and warm hugs from a reader in Denmark!

  • I love Calamari, nothing better when cooked right.

  • I’m in love with pesto gnocchi! It’s delicious!

  • I spent a week travelling around Italy with a gelato cone pretty much glued to my hand the entire time but it would have to be a close tie between gelato & fresh pasta for my all time favorite Italian!

  • Italian cuisine is seriously my lifelong obsession. So hard to choose but currently I’m loving any dish involving pasta al nero di seppia (squid ink pasta)! πŸ™‚

  • I love Florence and my fav pasta would be spaghetti carbonara

  • I LOVE Liguria, the birthplace of pesto and focaccia! My favourite food I had there was trofie al pesto!

  • Carbonara is up there but Alfredo is surely my fave!

  • Carbonara! I actually made it for dinner tonight before I read this post. Meant to be.

  • This is my new favorite dish! We made it last night!! I would love to visit Luce it is where my husbands family is from!

  • fettuccini Alfredo with grilled chicken…but anything pasta is great!

  • It’s a tie between Siena and Assisi. I love how they are both incredibly beautiful, but not overly touristy. It’s hard to narrow down a favorite Italian dish, but I’ll never turn down a good pesto dish or bruschetta.

  • I loved Rome and everything I ate was amazing!

  • I can eat my way through a wall of pasta, i absolutely loveee pasta!! my fave is a good ‘ol rigatoni alls vodka with freshly cooked pieces of pancetta and onions. yummmm

  • My favorite place in Italy is the Amalfi Coast! Seeing it for the first time was exactly what I thought Italy would look like – beautiful water, amazing buildings and of course, delicious food.

  • Favorite region: Tuscany. Favorite dish: Italian pizza and gelato.

  • My ancestors come from Tai di Cadore, which is a tiny village 70ish miles north of Venice. It’s up high in the mountains, and Lago di Cadore, the region’s lake, is incredible. I’ve put a couple pictures up here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106435849641501458665/albums/6039780297386088001?authkey=CJOEib3E3d_w_gE . My great-great-great-grandfather built the yellow church.

    Pieve di Cadore, which is the slightly larger town right by there, is the place where eyeglasses were invented! Thank god! There’s a small but interesting eyeglass museum in the town.

    Also, you cannot beat my grandmother’s risotto.

  • I make a Shrimp Scampi that I love so much I make it for my birthday dinner every year! Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant I will order that and be sadly disappointed.

  • Kind of strange that you all would choose to host a giveaway with such a big name company… and especially because one of the heads of their company was extremely outspoken about how they negatively view the lgbt+ community and same sex marriage. Just something to think about…

  • It doesn’t get much better than fettucine alfredo for me!

  • Might be the first to say Risotto? πŸ™‚

    -Teresa

  • Growing up in an Italian family dinner is our bonding time, and pasta is a staple.
    When I think about my favorite meal my mom’s lasagna comes to mind not only because it’s the best you’ll ever eat, but because of the memories of family and holidays associated with it.

  • I love all the different shapes of pasta: farfalle, orrechiette, etc

  • My favorite dish is the classic spaghetti and meatballs. You can’t go wrong with meatballs!

  • My favorite region in Italy is Venice. Sunset over the canals was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Truly such a magical, beautiful place πŸ™‚

  • veal piccata from vincent’s on st. charles in new orleans is my favorite italian dish. it has been on my list of make-at-home recipes for a while. although when i’m in the mood for something easy but comforting, spaghetti with meat sauce is my go-to.

    can’t wait to give this carbonara a try soon too. my boyfriend likes to make it every now and then so i’ll surprise him with my own version! πŸ™‚

  • I love bruschetta as well as mushroom gnocchi! Too good

  • Mmmm this looks delicious!

    My current favorite Italian dish is a vegetable sandwich my grandmother makes. Roasted squash, eggplant, mushrooms, onions all drizzled with olive oil, minced garlic and thyme. Mix balsamic vinegar with mayo and spread on some delicious crunchy bread. Add your veggies and top with a nice chunk of mozzerella. So yummy!

    Lauren

  • Tuscany.

    Just made this lovely avocado sauce pasta for dinner tonight with grape tomatoes, brocoli and cashews.

  • Spaghetti and meatballs with always be my favorite!

  • Hola, I went to Italy for my Honey Moon, so in Rome my hub and I visited Piazza Di Fiori, there was an incredible restaurant with a great menu. So we decide to try the white pizza, a crispy dough with a variety of cheese and meat on top. Was the perfect dinner!!! I was already a pizza lover, but that experience affirmed it.

    Now I try to make our own pizzas and try different ingredients. My daughter said “Pizza is the most complete food, grains, vegetables, dairy and proteins in a single slice”… Very True.

  • I haven’t been all over Italy, but my favorite region that I have visited is definitely Umbria. So beautiful with all the ancient mountainside villages. I wish I had been able to stay for more than just a few days!

    All Italian food is wonderful! I could never pick a favorite. πŸ™‚

  • My husband and I had our very first date at an Italian restaurant. He order a plate of Rigatoni and I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo. Those are our favorite dishes πŸ™‚

  • My favorite Italian dishes are chicken cannelloni and four cheese ravioli.

  • I spent a summer in Marche and loved it. The beach in Pesaro. The shopping in Urbino. My host father’s addictive ham and cheese lasagna. Perfection!

  • Dave’s Pasta, Davis Square in Somerville MA. Fresh pasta with meat sauce or their alfredo sauce. I always go there when I visit MA.

  • I bet the “facon” could also be swapped for bacon…

  • Unfortunatelly i’ve never been in Italy..but Pasta! Oh Pasta is my favorite dish since i was a little girl. How i always said, there is always place for Pasta. πŸ™‚ Soo if this giveaway is international please Lord,Or random.org, let me win this amazing’ness! :))))

  • I’ve never been to Italy…but I LOVE Italian food!! I have to admit, anytime we go to a real deal “mom & pop” Italian place I always get the spaghetti & meat balls….you just HAVE to!…..I especially like a nice soft meatball… and now I’m starving!

  • La Toscana is my favorite region in Italy! I have such great memories from my trip to Italy!

  • I love eggplant parmesan and it tends to be my go to at any italian restaurant. Italy is huge on my travel list, and I have had the pleasure of going to Venice. The simple caprese sandwiches there were wonderful.

  • Tuscany! The rustic fresh food, countryside, wine, & laid-back lifestyle. Perfetto.

  • My heart will always be in Rome/Lazio, but my stomach craves fiori di zucca fritti (fried zucchini flowers)…deep fried flowers stuffed with CHEESE!

  • I am crazy for eggplant parm! I really became hooked when I was pregnant and had a standing weekly order at our local Italian joint!

  • My favorite region on Italy is Tuscany, in particular the majestic hilltop town of Cortona. My favorite dish is simple pappardelle with butter, wild mushrooms and fresh parmigiano reggiano. Mmmmmmmmm!

  • My Favorite Italian dish changes, but right now, I LOVE homemade alfredo sauce over pretty much any variety of pasta with asparagus!

  • Napoli! Where else can you get the best pizza in the world?!

  • putanesca! And I love anything with mushrooms…. and love Venice!

  • I would love to visit Italy and be able to say I have a favorite region! But Italian is my general favorite type of food. I love caprese salad, cheese and mushroom ravioli, and, of course, BREADSTICKS!

  • My favorite place in Italy is Isola D’Elba. A tiny island that Napoleon was originally exiled to. It’s absolutely breathtaking.

  • Cinque Terre in Italy! The most beautiful place I have ever been!

  • I love Florence! Is it wrong that my favorite Italian thing is at Carrabbas? The breaded trout with lemon butter and basil and tomatoes! I can’t help myself I’m preggo!

  • Hm… I would love to brag about my in depth knowledge of Italian food, but I’ll be honest! I love ravioli, through and through.

  • i studied abroad in siena, italy and it was just magical. one of my favorite memories is making fresh tortelloni the first week there.

  • Florence is my favorite city in the world, it’s where my husband proposed. We were traveling on the cheap, so mostly bought fresh bread, pesto, cheese and prosciutto and made sandwiches. Yum!

  • Since I recently married into an Italian family, I had a day with my Mother-in-law and 2 sister-in-laws where they taught me how to make the family pasta gravy. I haven’t attempted it on my own yet… since I still have 3 tubs in my freezer! It was such a great day of cooking and eating and wine drinking πŸ™‚

  • Since I recently married into an Italian family, I had a day with my Mother-in-law and 2 sister-in-laws where they taught me how to make the family pasta gravy. I haven’t attempted it on my own yet… since I still have 3 tubs in my freezer! It was such a great day of cooking and eating and wine drinking πŸ™‚

  • Florence, Italy is the best! Walking around the city is beautiful at dusk. The first time I went walking around, I stumbled upon an outdoor area that usually hosted concerts but instead had the traveling portion of the Russian Ballet. Amazing night!

  • This is the best giveaway ever!I love Chicken Parmesan, I like to create this with home made chicken nuggets, my husband loves it. Fresh noodles and ravioli are literally perfect. Chicken Alfredo, man! I love Italian dishes. My dad taught me how to cook when I was younger and I’ve been cooking since I was 5. He passed away 2 years ago and I carry his recipes with me.

    I hope I win this giveaway!!

  • I love paesano sauce with any kind of pasta, but my favorite dish is probably chicken caprese, My ideal Italian meal would be calamari siciliano, chicken caprese, and tiramisu!

  • i have to confess that i don’t know a whole lot about italian cuisine besides what we get in the US, but the memory of eating freshly baked, handmade, paper-thin pizzas with the most divine olive oil in tuscany, florence, and rome still makes me drool.

  • Ziti! Or any other pasta smothered in cheese, yum!

  • Rome is my favorite place in Italy and a fresh caprese salad is one of my favorite meals!

  • I love most Italian food but I have a soft spot for filled pasta- ravioli, tortellini, manicotti, etc. Yum!

  • This looks so good! Love the vegetarian option!

    My favourite dish is gnocchi.

  • I love bucatini! I have a pasta maker that can produce it, but it will be awesome to be able to buy it! And carbonara might just be my favorite dish, so LOVE!

  • Lasagne is my fav! And of course, can’t forget the wine!

  • Seafood filled ravioli!! And the Cinque Terre region is definitely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!

  • Million dollar spaghetti is my favorite pasta dish right now. Yummy!!

  • There is a dish at one of our favorite Italian restaurants that they call Peasant Pasta. It is tortellini, a rich creamy alfredo sauce with ham and peas. Delicious!

  • Hope to make it to Italy some day!!! Italian food is my favorite, just as long as there isn’t sea food involved!

  • My favorite is fettuccine with butter, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Simple and delicious!

  • It was hard to choose but I have to say Tiramisu. It just transports you to beautiful Tuscany.

  • My whole family loves bucatini al’Amatriciana and both granddaughters request it for birthdays! Hubby prefers Spaghetti Carbonara.

  • My favorite italian dish is gelato! (does that count?) or italian soda! yum!

  • Lazio (Rome) region! I lived in Rome for 7 years and still dream of sitting down in my favorite trattoria to a bowl of bucatini all’amatriciana…mm, my mouth is watering!

  • My favorite dish is actually spaghetti carbonara, so I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  • I could eat pasta every day! I particularly love penne alla vodka and tortellini. My favorite region of Italy would have to be Tuscany.

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    I wish I knew my favorite region of Italy! Maybe one day πŸ™‚
    Pasta arrabiata is a favorite dish. So simple and fresh, it’s definitely a go-to for easy dinners or lunch.

  • Love almost all Italian dishes but my favorite at the moment is fettuccine alfredo.

  • My favorite dish would definitely be Bruschetta. Nothing like fresh tomatoes and basil with balsamic vinegar and infused olive oil sprinkled on top!

  • I’ve never made it to Italy but I love love love fresh pasta and a simple tomato sauce πŸ™‚

  • My favorite dish is spaghetti rigati with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, and cheese!

  • i am a huge fan of bucatini! my favorite italian dish is simple- bucatini, homemade marinara & tons of fresh mozzarella. can’t wait to try this recipe for my carbonara loving husband.

  • I love any kind of pasta!! also anything with pesto or olive oil!

  • Carbonara, risotto and red wine. Three of my Italian favorites. Not necessarily in that order.

  • I have been making One Pot Pasta obsessively the last few months. Does that count as Italian? πŸ™‚

  • gnocchi,Ravioli boscaiola and Carbonara.

  • My favorite dish is chicken parm… so basic yet so delicious!

    Hoping to win!

    Amanda

  • I had a simple caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes while out with my boyfriend tonight that blew my mind. Soo good!

  • Spaghetti all’Amatriciana is one of my favorites, it’s the Roman pasta. But, I met my husband in Italy and we have a spot in Rome(da Enzo)where we always went for their homemade ravioli al pomodoro, delicious is not enough! Can’t wait to go back the next time we visit the eternal city…

  • I love Southern Italian food! Lots of vegetables and seafood and olive oil!

  • Pasta is the life blood of my diet! Thank you Italians! I eat it at least once a week. Spaghetti Puttanesca all the way!

  • I love pasta carbonara! My dad used to make it for us. Will have to try this recipe next week.

  • Pastas are amazing, but I love the look of Italian braised meats and vegetables. Yum! xo

  • tuscany is probably the most gorgeous place i’ve ever been! the bus ride from rome to siena is just amazing.

  • My favorite Italian dish is cacio e pepe made with bucatini! Had it in Rome last year, and it wasn’t even on the menu… most amazing, simple dish I have ever had…everyone should try it! :0)

  • The best thing I ate in Italy was pizza oregano! So simple and so yummy.

  • My mom’s spaghetti–it might not be the most authentic dish, but it was my first introduction to Italian food, and the one I asked for on my birthday almost every year!

  • I traveled to Italy for the first time just last month. My friends and I rented an apartment on the cost in Santa Marinella. We had an amazing appetizer at a local restaurant, mixed bruschetta with sardinian bread. It changed my life! We even went back to the same restaurant the night before we left to get the appetizer again.

  • Spaghetti! My moms spaghetti is my ultimate favorite and she always uses barilla noodles! What a great giveaway!

  • My mom would use a pasta similar to Bucatini and toss it with lightly browned butter and lots of fresh parmesan cheese…. can someone say… “yummo”? The lusciousness of pure simplicity of the dish delights the palette.

  • My favorite Italian dish is Chicken Scallopini and Venice is my absolute favorite city!

  • Sicilian pizza is delicious! Looking forward to trying this recipe at home- it looks delicious.

  • Barilla is an anti-gay company so I’m disappointed that ABM would partner with them.

  • PESTO, PESTO, PESTO PASTA, especially homemade pesto from the basil in my garden

  • I spent just one day in Florence during a recent Europe tour- and it rained cats and dogs for the majority of the time too- but it was so lovely going in and around all the shops in the city center, and I even got a lesson on leather working. I would love to go back there one day!

  • Angel hair with freshly made pesto (basil straight from the garden out back)!

  • I loved sampling cichetti in Venice when I was there last summer but tiramisu is probably my favourite dish!

  • Homemade manicotti! My mom always made that growing up for me and holds a special place in my heart! She taught me as a teenager how to make and is still my favorite thing to make for my family for dinner! I love using local basil and other ingredients from my area when possible!

  • Cacio e pepe! Such a simple dish but sooo delicious!

  • Fettuccine Alfredo is always a favorite (Although I am not sure how authentic it is!)

  • I’ve always been a fan of ravioli, spinach and meat sauce. And any short of italian bread.

  • I love pretty much all Italian food, but my favorite is pesto alla trapanese.

  • My favorite Italian region is definitely Tuscany! I studied abroad in Florence and still dream about the food there πŸ™‚

  • linguine carbonara at natolinos in Florence at 10pm at night .next course bistecca Florentine….it was sooo good ..we had never had dinner THAT late so maybe we had a wee bit too much wine bread and loives 1st…

  • I love gnocchi with wild mushrooms in a cream sauce or truffle oil…..delish!!!!!

  • spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino and Sicilia <3

  • I thank Italians every day for pizza (specially margarita). That is my favorite Italian dish. Along with anything covered in Nutella. Grazie, Italy

  • A good Lasagne is supergorgeous, but I like Pasta in all ways πŸ™‚
    I have only been to Venice once, but we are planning a journey for our honeymoon through the whole of Italy!!

  • I love gnocchi with mushrooms cooked in a cream sauce or truffle oil….delish!!! 😊

  • I have never had the pleasure of going to Italy, but I do love the food! I am a vegetarian and I really enjoy how much Italian food I can eat. I would have to say that gnocchi or ravioli are my favorite. I love anything with mushrooms and cheese as well!

  • Florence! Best pasta I’ve ever had – I almost licked the plate – capellini with lemon. So simple.

  • I absolutely adore Arancini and just about every pasta dish you can think of πŸ™‚ Zeppole, Tiramisu, and Gelato are delicious desserts as well.

  • Never been, but I’m a fan of northern italian pastas…..

  • Favourite place in Italy is Orvieto – such a beautiful place!

  • Lasagna! Vegetarian with a ton of mixed cheeses and cauliflower instead of ground beef 😍😍

  • I know everyone has to make a buck, but it’s a shame you’re using Barilla as a sponsor. After their homophobic comments I will never support that company ever again.

  • What a cool giveaway! I’m loving any pasta with pesto lately. How could I pick just one ?! πŸ˜‰

  • favorite region in italy? hands down cinque terra. a beautiful hike that i was lucky enough to do with three of my closest friends after we graduated university.

  • My favorite Italian region is Florence. It is in the beautiful wine country and it is the city of bridges and incredible art. Along with that, my favorite Italian dish is the classic lasagna with possibly some gelato for dessert πŸ™‚

  • I toured southern Italy about 8 years ago and it was amazing. Especially those divine flavors on the local markets. This is where I fell in love with Orecchiette and I buy them ever since. Good that I spotted a pack in your basket πŸ˜‰

  • Right after college, my best friend and I traveled all over Italy. Our favorite was a town called Bagni di Lucca. It was a small charming town and I remember eating a pasta dish at a local restaurant where the owner came and shaved truffles right on top of the hot noodles. It was delicious and still fresh in my mind.

  • Puglia! Pasta with Swiss chard and ricotta, unforgettable. I forget the name of the pasta, but it translates ‘little radiators’ LOL, grabbed the sauce perfectly.

  • Reading the comments, I saw people referring to pasta sauces “alla vodka”. Could you elaborate?

  • Spumoni! An italian ice cream dessert, it is layered with candied nuts… or fruit. Not only is it extra tasty if done right, but it reminds me of being a very little girl, being taken out to dinner with my parents to a lovely italian restaurant in the boondocks of central ia. What lovely family memories! I will probably try your recipe this week, cheers!

  • My favourite Italian region is Tuscany – as a teenager I spent all my summer holidays there with my family and it is so beautiful. I think it is not only my favourite Italien region, but my favourite region in the world. I loveeeee it!!

    My favourite Italian dish is Lasagne al forno. Soooooo goooood!!!!

  • MAN, OH MAN this post made me miss Italy SO BADLY! I had the opportunity to live and study abroad in Castiglion, Fiorentino this past Fall!

    My favorite (guilty pleasure) food was called chocolate salami! Crazy right? I’m telling you… that stuff was so good!
    It was pretty simple to make, actually.. but there is something about an Italian’s touch!!

    Fingers crossed!

    xo

  • I love many italian dishes, but my favourite is bagna cauda from piemonte. it is sooo much fun to sit with friends and dip fresh veggies into the hot dip

  • My favourite Italian dish is spaghetti with fresh veggies from a farmer’s market in Venezia – so yuuuummy!

  • I love pasta al pesto and carbonara, but my favourite food is pizza (ai quattro formaggi)!

  • I love fettuccine alfredo. I want to make a lite version.

  • My favorite region is Capri island. So romantic and full of lemony essence. I love pepperoni pizza.

  • Risotto, home-made pizza with sundried tomatoes, vitello tomato….. i could go on and on!

  • My husband and I just moved to Italy and are learning so much about regional pastas! We just left a trip on the Amalfi Coast, so currently my favorite region is probably the province of Salerno πŸ™‚

  • My favourite Italian dish would have to be pizza made with homemade dough, mozzarella, proscuitto, rocket and mushrooms…simple but gorgeous!! X

  • my favorite region is Bologna, all the food is delicious, a real place of gastronomy !!!
    thanks !!!

  • I’m italian, I can give you the real recipe for this! πŸ˜‰
    It’s always funny read that strainger think we use so much garlic in our dishes, but this isn’t true! and we never use any garlic power! πŸ˜€
    just for the ones that think so!! πŸ˜‰

    anyway this pasta looks delicious!! my compliment!

  • I’m sorry but I can’t decide whici italian dish is my favourite. In my opinion, italian food is one of the best in the world (and healthiest!) : pizza, focaccia, pasta, raviolis, lasagne, risotto, minestrone, bruchetta, their use of beans in soups and salads and stews, the use of season vegetables, their dishes that can easily made vegetarian, their delicious hams and cheeses, chickpea flatbreads, and of course tiramisu, ice cream and panna cotta, just everything is delicious!
    I’ve visited italy twice : Roma and the Cinque Terre, two very different places but both awesome! I hope to go back again and again!

  • I Loove Venice. So fun to explore the tiny streets and lovely rooftops. Their clam spaghetti – yum!! Or squid ink pasta!!! So delicious!!

  • This is such a fun giveaway! My face place in italy is venice and I loooove pizza and carbonara β™‘

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    I studied in Florence for one semester 24 years ago and fell I love with all of Italy! I have to say that I makeSpaghetti Carbonara every few weeks for my boys. Since it’s not so figure friendly, I always make some “zoodles” for myself to cut down on the carbs. Zucchini noodles taste great with the yummy bacony egg sauce!
    Also, when I lived inFlorence, all the local mom and pop trattorias had a pasta sauce made from artichoke hearts that my friends and I loved. I’ve never found a restaurant here in the US that serves this sauce and would love to track down a recipe πŸ™‚

  • My favorite city is Rome – Oh but Venice too! I can’t choose. So much to do in Rome. And Venice is so romantic.

  • Love all kinds of pasta. Anytime. Anywhere. This looks delicious and light for summertime

  • It’s summer so gelato is where it’s at in terms of Italian food!

  • Sizilia! I once tried the recipe for tomato sauce descriped in the film the The Godfather and now it is part of my all-time-favorites-standard repertoire – for beiing super simple to cook and tasting amazing.
    But, to be honest the Italian is my go to cuisine, since I love everything about it: The ingredients, the way of preparation, beiing somewhat healthy and, of course, tasting delicious!

  • I’ve never been to Italy (it’s my dream trip!) but I love Italian food. My favorite has to be a classic: spaghetti. I also love aglio olio!

  • Choosing just one is crazy!! But, if I must– gelato all the way! πŸ™‚

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    My favorite Italian dish is ravioli! Like lovely pillows of goodness.

  • Gnocchi! I remember watching them make it on Masterchef Australia and decided to give it a shot. Took soooo long but was totally worth it πŸ™‚

  • one word for this blog… no actually 2 words for this blog… “beautiful mess”

  • Never had the privilege of traveling to Italy (yet!) but I am a lover of ALL pasta πŸ™‚

  • one of my favorite Italian dishes is gnocchi with sausage and kale in a white wine sauce. yum.

  • My mother in law and I recently took a cooking class from an Italian restaurant owner in the area. We learned how to make orecchiette with an anchovy butter sauce as well as a beet filled ravioli. Both were recipes that I was not sold on based on the names, but proved me VERY wrong when it came to taste! Amazing dishes that I can’t wait to re-create on my own!

  • My mom’s spaghetti and meatballs from a recipe her friend Vida Licata gave her in 1946.

  • Thank you for sharing the dish and the chance to win! Any pasta dish with butter and parmesan warms my heart! We have pasta night once (sometimes twice) a week in our home. Barilla is a go to favorite! πŸ™‚

  • Favorite food: Ravioli, especially butternut squash with brown butter sage sauce. Yum.

  • My husband’s family is from the Lazio region in Italy, so I guess we’ll pick that one! Our favourite italian dish has to be my mother in law’s eggplant parmesan – delicious!

  • Venice…the floating city has my heart for sooooo many reasons!

  • Lasagna! Is that Italian? I don’t even care, lasagna for the win!

  • This looks divine! My favorite Italian dish is spaghetti with a homemade tomato sauce that has been simmering on the stove all afternoon. Something about the chunky tomatoes and the fresh herbs- and with a little splash of cream and the end…yum!

  • Mmmm that looks so yummy! Definitely going to give that recipe a try! My favorite Italian cuisine is chicken Alfredo, and I usually make mine with penne pasta πŸ™‚ Ciao!

  • I love pretty much all italian food, and its one of the types of regional foods I make from scratch. I love margarita pizza, and anything with homemade pasta.

  • I’ve only ever been to Rome but I’d love to hit up the Amalfi Coast soon. The carbonara I had in Rome was the best thing ever. It was made with pancetta, not bacon. When I see carbonara with bacon, my heart sinks a little. I want pancetta, please!

  • If I had to choose, I would probably pass the main meal and go for dessert. Tiramisu is my absolutely favorite! When my old Italian neighbors made me a homemade dish of it, I’m not sure I shared! Haha.

  • Thanks for the chance to win! My husband and I love Italian food, desserts and their coffee! One favorite is angel hair pasta with artichokes. πŸ™‚

  • Chicken Marsala at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Best. Dish. Ever.

  • man, that is a hard question! i would probably say fettuccine alfredo

  • I’ve never had the privilege of travelling to Italy, hopefully someday! My favorite Italian dish is the rigatoni my grandma makes! So yummy!

  • When I visited Italy a few years back all I wanted to eat was gelato and pizza. I tried to branch out but Italian pizza is too good to say no to!

  • I’m Italian and I like your new way to cook carbonara, but if you don’t mind I’d really like to share the way we usually prepare it here!
    First you whip the eggs (all the egg, not only the yolk) with the cheese, while you’re slightly frying the bacon with olive oil.
    Then you normally cook pasta. When pasta is cooked, you put it in a pot with the bacon, the “oil of the bacon” and the “sauce” you’ve made with the eggs and the cheese. You turn the stove on and you keep twisting it until the “egg sauce” becomes dots, I don’t know how to explain it haha. You have to obtain something like this http://www.alimentipedia.it/files/images/carbonara.jpg (see the yellow little dots? That’s the egg).
    Then you serve it with some pepper and you’re done! πŸ™‚

  • We make a similar dish at home to the recipe above but we use pancetta. Skip the egg yolk and parsley but add chopped basil, sautΓ© a mix of gorgeous cherry or grape tomatoes in garlic and olive oil, top pasta with pine nuts and lemon zest! So easy and SO yummy!

  • Hola!
    I love lasagna! Is a pretty basic dish, but it could have a lot of variations…Xoxo

  • Ciao, I love a typical roman recipe called spaghetti cacio e pepe..so simple and so delicious, 3 ingredients only: pasta, salt, sheep cheese called pecorino and pepper..

  • What a rad giveaway! Pasta, Williams-Sonoma + recipe ideas from a Chef? YES PLEASE!! I’ve been branching out lately from just the typical spaghetti & sauce…even though everyone in my house loves it, sometimes it feels boring. I recently discovered the “Italian Wonderpot” that’s on pinterest – I ended up adding in some chicken for the meat-lovers in the fam, and it’s totally my new favorite pasta dish now!! Thanks for a chance at winning this awesome giveaway!

    ~Sacha

  • Had the best pasta of my life in Luca one day. Those beautiful walls brought us to a little osteria where I split three different pastas with my boyfriend since I couldn’t choose just one. But the best was a cacia e pepe pici pasta with roasted pears. Oh my god. I have never tried to recreate it as I don’t want to ruin the memory!

  • While visiting Italy, my favorite dish was an amazing lasagna we had that was cooked in a wood fired oven. So smoky and delicious! The street pizza in Rome is pretty amazing too! Loved the zucchini pizza.

  • Um, can I say everything? I love Italian. Maybe, if I was pressed to pick, I would say stuffed shells. Yummy!

  • My favorite would probably have to be pasta e fagioli. Simple, versatile and flavorful, this soup is the definition of comfort food and a milestone of growing up with an Italian grandma.

  • Can my favorite Italian dish be wine? I love me some Chianti. Beyond that, I have yet to try an Italian dish I did not like!! It’s all so good! Although my favorite Pizza was in Venice. πŸ™‚

  • My favorite Italian dish is veggie lasagna! But I wouldn’t say no to any Italian dish. Yum!

  • real classy….cold leftover spaghetti noodles with pesto. it’s the perfect next-day meal.

  • My favorite Italian dish is the chicken alfredo that my husband makes!

  • Yum! Love pasta and always have!! I love all the different ways to make just plain spaghetti & meatballs! Can never have too much pasta!

  • I love Italian food in general but i definitely LOVE lasagna. We use Barilla a lot in our home and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out this new pasta they are offering!

  • Italian coffee! Venice! Pasta with butter and anchovies πŸ™‚

  • I love Italian food. We went to Italy last year and had a wonderful time. We loved Florence the best with all the small cafΓ©s and restaurants. Tried to eat like the locals: dinner at 9pm. In the mornings it was espresso and croissants ! We especially enjoyed the pizzas

  • pretty much any pasta dish is my favorite, or a soup like minestrone mmmmm

  • My family is from a region called Calabria in Italy and although it is a breathtaking place, I’d have to say my favorite would be Naples. Aside from having the best pizza in the world (literally people just go there for the pizza)the people is why I go there. It seems all the Italian cliche’s including hand gestures etc originate from there. The woman are tough and have attitude, the men are hilarious and give it to you straight and the children are miniatures of their parents and although it can be sketchy, dirty and hectic it is definitely what you would call a beautiful mess!

  • so hard to choose a favourite! but my mum makes the most glorious Neapolitan-style lasagna imbottite. always a good one.

  • Is it bad that I love every conceivable type of pasta? Seriously obsessed with Italian! Pasta makes me happy! πŸ™‚

  • Tuscany and Rome are my favorite places in Italy.
    I love lasagna bolognese.

  • Awesome giveaway! Ever since trying bucatini pasta at Olive Garden it had been a favorite! I think it’s the prefect “light” pasta meal. Cook it in a white wine sauce with fresh veggies and you’ve created a dish sent from heaven πŸ™‚

  • my fav is risotto, attempted it a few times myself but never comes out like the restaurant! and i love this dish, jus never tried the bucatini

  • I can’t choose just one dish so i’ll go with places/regions… I’ve been lucky enough to visit Italy a number of times. I’ve loved every city i’ve been to but i’d have to go with Rome as it was the last stop on our round the world trip.

    Next time I’d love to explore more of the countryside and places like cinque terre.

  • I’ve never been to Europe. But I love the beauty of the Tuscany countryside, rows of flowers, tall bottlebrush trees, and villas with red roofs.

  • I have yet to visit Italy, but I dream of doing so on a daily basis and feel like I was made to eat Italian food! My favorite Italian dish, has to be good ole spaghetti and meatballs…I love it, it’s comfort in a bowl!

  • My favorite italian dish is tortellini!

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  • I love that you vegetarianize dishes, Emma! it makes this herbivore very happy πŸ™‚

    It’s a tough choice, but I think my favorite Italian dish is fettucine al funghi!

  • Pasta is so versatile it’s hard to pick a favorite, but since you are asking I love portobello mushrooom ravioli with cream sauce.

  • Oh gosh, I *LOVE* Italian food. All of Italy is beautiful, but my vote might have to be Tuscany, for the wines alone (though Emilia-Romagna is a close second for its food — Bolognese, the balsamic vinegar, ) And as for favorite foods, I’ve often said that a life without pasta is not worth living, and while most things done with pasta — especially fresh pasta — are the best, and sometimes the simplest dishes are the best, I must say, few things are as transcendent as a traditional Ragu alla Bolognese — some carrot, onion and celery cooked in pancetta, then meat cooked with a splash or wine to deglaze, slow until it breaks apart and forms its own sauce, then finished with tomato paste and a splash of cream. Served with a hearty Italian wine (and obviously so much parmesano-reggiano) and *muah* che buono!

  • I am a lover of all things bread, pasta, and cheese related. My mom always joked that I must have some Italian blood in me (though my parents are just French-Canadian and Irish). Any dish that mixes the three above, and I’m sold! Chicken Parm, fettuccine Alfredo, and my favorite: Parmesan garlic bread.

  • That looks so yummy! My favorite Italian dishes are lasagna and carbonara! I couldn’t decide between the 2!

  • i love eggplant parmesan. also, i want to go to italy more than just about anything! i don’t know why but i’ve always been taken with the story of pompeii.

  • Just recently returned from a trip to the Amalfi Coast…and had the most amazing simple zucchini pasta. So fresh, so simple, so delicious.

  • I love love love Tiramisu. And pasta. And pizza. And cannoli. And parmigiano-reggiano cheese! Oh man.. I haven’t been to Italy yet, but I would love to roam the countryside digging the wine and light! <3

  • My favorite Italian dish to make is Chicken Parmesan (or chicky chicky parm parm as Tom from Parks & Rec calls it-lol)

  • I am in love with suppli a telefono. When I studied abroad in Italy, it was my favorite lunch. *fingers crossed*

  • Definitely my favorite place is the Cinque Terra! It’s beautiful and everything is along the water! Absolutely lovely πŸ™‚

  • My favorite Italian dish has to be Manicotti! I love the tube noodles filled with cheese! πŸ™‚

  • Being vegetarian, I eat a lot of pasta. Spaghetti with marinara was always a favorite of mine as a kid and now I make it with meatless meatballs from Trader Joe’s.

  • Sorrento, Italy or the Amalfi Coast – so pretty!

  • All time favorite: Bucatini all’Amatriciana from Rome. Simple, yet just enough spiciness.

  • Pretty disappointed you have partnered with Barilla after all of the homophobia the CEO spouted last year.

  • My favorite dish is baked ziti from Nick’s in Scottsdale, AZ… YUM!

  • I love manicotti, and a local Italian restaurant has the best! Now I am craving it!!

  • My favourite Italian region is South Tyrol which is not real real italian, but it’s something with a lot of italian influence. Some classical South Tyrol bread, ham and cheese… and espresso with those delicious biscuits… or well, just pasta. πŸ™‚
    Thanks.

  • I love a fresh caprese salad-simple, clean flavors and healthy! I also am a HUGE fan of any sort of charcuterie plate. Cured meats and cheese are the way to my heart.

  • Each region has its own dish and they are all so yummmiiii!!!!But my favourite it is LASAGNA and now that I live in Piedmont I have tried their speciality called the “Fritto misto alla piemontese”, basically a fried up of salty and sweet food.

    Very nice!!

    Ciao

    Laura

  • Hi! My favorite italian dish is eggplant parmigiana. I’m a vegetarian, and I don’t always have the kinds of options in restaurants that meat eaters do, but those delectable slices of eggplant layered with gooey cheese and tomato sauce are always lush and so delicious!

  • My favorite region would be the Amalfi Coast…

  • I visited Firenze when I was a senior in high school and fell in love with the art, history, architecture, and FOOD (of course) πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Nicolle

  • My family is from Sicily so I must pick that! Food-wise I am a HUGE fan of anything Piccata!

  • Favorite dish is one from my cookbook Italianissimo. It involves noodles, eggs, panetta – it’s delicious! I love Sorrento – went in 2010 and it was just gorgeous. I’ve been dreaming of going back ever since. I’ve even begun to learn the language!

  • I’ve been lucky enough to have several fantastic trips to Tuscany/Florence. One of the BEST things I ate there was bistecca florentine. Yum…But I also love all the pasta. And meatballs.

  • I love Pasta al Pomodoro! And, my favorite city is Sicily, as that is where my Grampa is from!

  • My favorite area of Italy is CInque Terre. It’s the most beautiful 5 little towns along the coast. There’s the most amazing restaurant in one of the towns that serves the best seafood I’ve ever had in my entire life. To get to this town you have to climb so many steps but it’s all worth when you sit down at the outside tables and are rewarded with heaven from the sea.

  • I have relatives from Italy. They own a restaurant on the sea and often post pics of their delicious meals. I would say this dish and the photos rival my family’s for sure! Keep em coming.

  • I hope that I get a chance to visit Italy some day. I took Italian in high school, so I’m all ready. I love gnocchi.

  • It’s cliche, but my favorite Italian dish would have to be lasagna! I grew up making lasagna with my grandmother, adding unconventional items like Dominican sausage, eggs, brie cheese, steak, etc. I love to make lasagna, especially if I’m feeding a large group. When it’s just for me and my husband, I make us individual servings in small bread loaf tins with ricotta, mozzarella, and parmigiano reggiano cheeses, homemade tomato sauce, hot Italian sausage, a mix of ground beef and ground turkey, onions and spicy seasonings. YUM, I just made myself want a serving, and will surely whip some up this weekend!

    Thanks for this giveaway!
    xxxo, Vanessa

  • Cacio e pepe is my favorite Italian dish! Lazio wins for my favorite region because Rome captured my heart when I studied abroad there.

  • I could not physically survive without Lasagna.

  • I love pasta… and gelato… my favourite thing in the world!

  • Wow, isn’t Barilla the homophobic company? That’s who you’re choosing to partner with? Very disappointing.

  • One of my favorite Italian dish is from Giada’s few simple ingredient recipe and yet so flavorful!

  • I love Spaghetti bake that my mom always makes!

  • I have never been to Italy. Dreaming, but I love any kind of pasta dish.

  • I love homemade meatballs! There is a little italian restaurant on Lake Michigan in my husband’s home town that I always look forward to eating at with my in laws.

  • L O V E bucatini pasta and the idea of using mushrooms instead of fake meat or bacon! Will def put this on the menu for next week’s dinner…tgif!

  • There’s something comforting about classic spaghetti and meatballs. Specifically with my mom’s sauce. MMM.

  • I loved visiting Tuscany! I love pasta even more!!

  • Spaghetti Bolognese… no Gnocchi… no Margherita Pizza… Ugh, just one!?!?

  • Have never been to Italy but my grandparents are from there. My favorite would be Carbonara!

  • Gnocchi in a cream sauce with peas and chicken. Yum.

  • Favorite italian dish is chicken picatta! love a little lemon and capers with my chicken and pasta. πŸ™‚

  • I love pretty much any kind of pasta, but thick hearty noodles like bucatini are the best! I’m veg and the facon in this sounds pretty good to me πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • A little giveaway?? no no no! Williams Sonoma and Barilla might just be my two favorite things in the world! I can’t wait to try the recipe you shared, but my favorite italian dish would have to be a light pasta marinara!

  • Carbonara. How can you go wrong with bacon and eggs?? My favorite place (so far) in Italy was Vernazza, on the Cinque Terra. Wish I could have stayed longer.

  • I LOVE pasta. right now I’m obsessed with angel hair with browned butter, pine nuts and just a touch of parm. OBSESSED

  • i love an italian salad like panzanella or caprese.

  • I’ve never been to Italy but my grandparents lived there in the 1960s so I’ve heard a lot about Rome and Piazza del Popolo (he lived near there).

    I do love italian food, especially raviolis and garlic bread. Oh my.

  • I love making a hearty bolognese that simmers all day on Sunday, or homemade barcciole.

  • Hi Girls! My favorite region of Italy is the Marche region specifically a little city called Macerata. I spend the past three months studying abroad there and loved it. It is absolutely breathtaking.

    Best
    Rachel

  • I love any stuffed pasta. Ravioli, tortellini, stuffed shells… delicious!

  • My fave Italian dish is cheese manicotti. But I would have a hard time turning down most Italian dishes, I love Italiian food!

  • any type of linguine, and just about any red sauce although arrabiata is a favorite.

  • I love lasagna. Wish there was a way to bring some to work for lunch without staining the tupperware.

  • My favorite Italian dish is also my favorite comfort food! I love Ravioli. Meat or cheese stuffed with a sweet marinara. <3 Mmmm.

  • Oh I would love to visit Italy. I love all Italian dishes, but if I had to pick right now I would go for some simple homemade spaghetti (my mom makes the best)!

  • Fusilli with truffled mushrooms and chicken!! I love any italian dish with either caprese or mushroooms! πŸ™‚

  • I love Italian pizza. And carbonara is always good. And the gnocchi. And gelato. Mostly all Italian food.

  • I love pasta! Lasagna is my hubby’s favorite but I love a good Sunday sauce or Carbonara. Would love to visit Italy! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • My favourite Italian region is the Amalfi coast (beautiful!!), and my favourite dish is definitely squid ink pasta. Mmmmmmmm!!!

  • Veggie Lasagna with squash, broccol, and spinach, with a tofu “ricotta” πŸ™‚

  • I love cavatappi noodles with light olive oil and as many veggies as i can find, a little lemon juice and garlic too. Perfection!

  • I’ve never been to Italy so I don’t know which region I would like most. but I just love lasagna and spaghetti bolognese

  • Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!! My all time favorite is angel hair with garlic and oil and broccoli florets. Simple but perfect.

  • Tuscany, where I studied abroad in college. So many delicious memories. πŸ™‚

  • FYI, Barilla pasta is boycotted by many people because their CEO is openly homophobic. You can google it.

  • Shrimp with a white wine butter sauce over angel hair. YUM!

  • Love to cool with my boyfriend, so I’m posting his favorites. He loves Gnocchi al pomodoro. He and his grandmother make gnocchi regularly and it is very special to him and very fun!

  • This dish looks delicious! I love carbonara and I love that you did this with an uncooked egg yolk on top. Beautiful! I can’t wait to try this out! My go-to pasta dish is pasta with brown butter sauce and chicken-apple sausage. yum!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • My mom’s lasagna is my favorite Italian dish EVER! I’m sure it has more to do with the chef than the food, but every bite is a comforting little hug.

  • I studied abroad in Viterbo, Italy (in the Lazio region, north of Rome) and that is like my comfort food from my home away from home. We ate lots of delicious soup and bucatini dishes!!!

  • I love pasta Arrabbiata. I love all Italian food, I’m not gonna lie. But arrabbiata and linguine with clam sauce are my two faves. Pasta arrabbiata, linguine with clam sauce, and spaghetti with meatballs are definitely on the top of the list. Okay, I’ll stop. Thank you!! Good luck everyone! Limoncello is also delish.

  • I love everywhere in Italy! I lived in Florence for a year and traveled all over- fell in love with the food, wine, people and culture! My favorite dish is pasta Bolognese or arabiatta. MMMM mmmm MMMM!

  • Crusty, yummy, wood fired Margherita pizza… like a total weirdo, I could eat it every single day.

  • I love all pasta, especially if it’s in a cream sauce! One of my favorites is penne with vodka sauce.

  • There is a restaurant by my house that serves housemade ricotta gnocchi in an anchovy butter sauce with red pepper flakes and wilted greens. It is absolutely delicious! I also love lasagna and it was I think the first thing I learned to cook on my own.

  • Spaghetti ai Tartufi Neri (Spaghetti with black truffles). Amazing.

  • My favorite Italian region has to be Tuscany – and I pretty much love any kind of pasta but pizza holds my heart πŸ™‚

  • I have left most of my heart in Italy! Especially Riomaggiore (in Cinque Terre). They are well known for their pesto in that region – I cannot imagine how delicious a pesto sauce would be on the Barilla Collezione noodles. YUM!

  • I have to say Italian pizza and fettuccine Alfredo are some of my favorite pasta dishes.

    This recipe looks so good – must try!

  • I am lucky that I married into an Italian family. My favorite dish that my grandmother in law makes is her veal meat balls that are the size of a plate. Best things ever! And if I ever get to visit italy, I would love to visit the most southern part of it.

  • My favorite is orecchiette. I’ve never been to Italy but hope to soon!!

  • When I was growing up, I had a stepfather who was first generation Sicilian-American (he and my mother have since split.) In the summer months, we traveled to San Diego to visit his family. His sister made these little rice balls filled with meat and cheese and herbs, called arancinis (ah-rahn-gee-nees). They are to die for!

  • Favorite place: Alberobello. It’s where my Dad was born and raised until he moved here. It has Trulli houses that are awesome and different.

    Favorite Meal: My mom’s pasta sauce. It is amazing.

  • Everything I ate in Florence was delicious! I would love to recreate the delicious foods….

  • I’ve recently discovered this vegan lemon-basil lasagna that’s delicious. That or the amazing fire roasted pizza’ s at a small Italian restaurant 5 minutes from home

  • My favorite Italian dish is gnocchi in a cream sauce (Italian-American dish is nyc style pizza!) and I loved visiting Tuscany (Siena and San Gimignano)

  • My favorite italian dish has to be the desserts! Cannoli, biscotti, gelato – all of the above!

  • i love a simple bucatini pomodoro πŸ™‚ or spaghetti bolognese

  • My favorite dish is what you’ve made here–carbonara. Whenever we go on a trip, we make sure ingredients for this simple dish are in the house so we can make some good comfort food no matter how late our return. Thanks for a chance at a fun giveaway!

  • Carbonara is my very favorite! I cant wait to trybthe new barilla pastas!

  • My family is obsessed with anything that has marinara sauce-particularly homemade meatballs over an egg pasta. We are planning a trip to Italy for my mom’s birthday because of our obsession. What a great way to celebrate!

  • Ooh, I’d have to say cheese. Parmigiano reggiano!

  • Oh I don’t know if I can pick just one dish! I like too many pastas to pick just one, so I’ll go with my favorite pizza: capricciosa!

  • I have never been to Italy, but I would love, love, love to go there someday. I love anything pasta. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Fettucini boscaiola ( ham and mushooms pasta) it’s so good, or i like the lasagna my husband makes.

  • I loved florence – warm friendly and beautiful and a bowl of fresh pasta is always a big hit in my house

  • My favorite Italian dish is EASILY eggplant parmigiana, it’s a delicious way to eat one of my favorite vegetables!

  • my dad was born in calabria, and we make gnocchi like nobody’s business.

  • I make a basil parmesan orzo with marinated artichokes that I crave on the regular.

  • I studied abroad when I was in college. I lived in a little town called Orvieto, and one of their specialities was umbricelle alla amatriciana. There was something magical about that dish, and even though I can never get the noodles right (they’re extremely thick and “meaty” and always slap me in the face when I’m trying to eat them gracefully) I still make a version at home that hits the spot. There’s nothing quite as awesome as Italian food!

  • When I was in Europe several years ago, we went to probably 5 or 6 Italian cities and we got carbonara in every one! It was amazing, and I’ve since made it at home. I’ll totally be trying it with these noodles.

    And also, Venice was my favorite city! So beautiful. I loved the canals.

  • My family lives in Italy so I have to love the south…Napoli to be exact! πŸ™‚

  • I love bucatini pasta! It’s so fun, and the texture is great. Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my favorite toppings for pasta dishes.

  • My favorite Italian dish is Aglio et Olio (garlic and oil pasta). It’s simple, but can be super complex and usually always delicious!

  • My favorite Italian dish is Parmesan risotto. It’s a lot easier to make than it seems, and it makes any dinner just a little more home-y.

  • Simple – gnocchi with marinara sauce is my favorite!

  • Oh my goodness! My FAVORITE Italian dish is Osso Buco. My boyfriend is Italian and he made this for me when we first started dating. I fell in love, and not just with the food either πŸ˜‰ He makes it once every other month now, and it is such a heavenly treat!

  • Sadly, I’ve never been to Italy, but my favorite Italian dish would be a two way tie: hazelnut gelato and bruschetta with fresh basil!

  • This summer, I have been loving a Bruschetta recipe with basil from my garden! I serve it on thick slices of bread with olive oil. =)

  • My favorite is Carbonara. So creamy and heavenly

  • Sienna would have to be my favorite place I visited in Italy…pretty sure I ate my weight in gelato during that trip πŸ˜‰

  • I like eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti or penne.

  • A few years ago, I visited San Gimignano, which is a tiny Tuscan village. It was stunning, surrounded by the beautiful countryside with cobblestone roads running throughout. It took maybe thirty minutes to walk the whole thing. While I was there, I had fresh pasta in a truffle walnut cream sauce. I typically go for tomato-based sauces, but this was and is to this day the very best pasta dish I have ever had (and, considering my mother’s side is Sicilian, this is really saying somethin’).

  • I was lucky enough to travel to Italy with my cousin last summer, courtesy of our Italian grandfather, who wanted us to see where he came from. My favorite area was Lake Maggiore. Gorgeous! I cook tons of Italian food, from all over the place, though my grandfather is from Naples. His meatballs are the best. (The trick? Raisins! Which some people think is gross, but the little bit of sweet is SO good.)

  • I spent some time during my year studying abroad traveling through Italy. While Rome was great, Venice totally stole my heart! I’ve never felt so calm and content… such a dream!

    While there, I had my first Manicotti experience – and it quickly became one of my absolute favorite Italian dishes!

    “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”

  • Mmmm…I don’t know what my favorite Italian region or dish is (not very knowledgeable in that department), but I think this recipe would be right up there! Definitely want to try this one!

  • My favourite Italian dish is pasta primavera. I love all the veggies.

  • My all time favorite is chicken picatta with a warm asparagus salad side (with sundried tomatoes and a poached egg, i.e. divine). The tart of the lemon with the cream and then the saltiness of the capers is magical, also who doesn’t love using wine in a dish?!?

  • My favorite Italian dish is by far Manicotti, which has become very hard to find around here. Guess I need to start making my own. πŸ˜€

  • My Mom’s homemade lasagna is THE best. And the best part is that we’re German πŸ™‚

  • I am a die-hard lasagna fan. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  • I love Northern Italy and the pear and Prague ham pasta dish I had there.

  • I love genoa! When I was in high school my best friend and I visited and ate pesto straight out of the jar… Yum

  • I had a chicken dish with a balsamic glaze over pasta at a local Italian restaurant in my town…it was amazing!Definitely my favorite Italian dish so far.

  • My fav italian dish is the vitello tonnato !

  • Mmm, great dish πŸ˜€
    My favorite region is Toscana – great kitchen, lovely landscape and great cities – what’s not to like

  • Mmm… I love pasta! Mushroom or cheese stuffed ravioli with more cheese on top. There is no such thing as too much cheese!

  • Italians are quite picky about their food. Just some month ago I had an harsh discussion with my father about the perfect recipe for pasta alla carbonara…It is interesting now to see a vegetarian variant on your blog. Well I could discuss a lot with you about some ingredients chosen :or) I am happy to see that you have tried something from my country! Thanks, and have fun!

  • This looks delicious!!! My favorite Italian dish is lasagna! Yum!!!

  • My favorite Italian dish is anything with Italian sausage. Mmmmmmm… we make spaghetti with sausage and then use it for lasagna.

  • When I was in Palermo (Sicily) I had the most amazing spaghetti with squid ink pasta in my entire life! Being from Reggio (Calabria), i’m partial to the ‘Ratatouille-esque’ regional dish of Giambotta. It’s usually come once a year in the fall season because that’s when all the ingredients are ready to be harvested; onions, potatoes, zucchini, red bell peppers and spices are sautes until soft and tender and are basically eaten with bread. Soooo good!

  • My favorite place in Italy is Cinque Terre. It’s beautiful and it has so much good food. I’ve had the best gelato ever in city 4. I’ve head the best pesto in City 5. I’ve had, what is arguably my favorite thing I’ve ever eaten in City 2: there is a little bakery in the bottom of this building on your way down to the cliffs. It has this amazing bread with caramelized onions baked into it. Sooooo delicious.

  • My Grandma always made Polenta on the Board. Sweet Nostalgia. It’s my favorite, for sentimental, and flavor reasons!

  • I lived it rome for 6 months, so it is my favorite city by far!

  • Gnocchi! Apparently it’s a tradition in Argentina to eat gnocchi on the 29th. My fiancΓ© found this out during a summer he spent there doing mission work and the 29th is our anniversary! Plus gnocchi is just delicious. πŸ™‚

  • Chicken parmesan will always be one of my very favorites! So delicious. πŸ™‚

  • I love all italian food, but my favorite is grilled chicken on a bed of pasta with some lovely alfredo sauce!

  • Risotto is my favourite, but I love all pastas so it is hard to choose!

  • This looks a lot like the carbonara I had this past summer in Italy. Soo delicious! I’ll have to give it a try.

  • My fav Italian dish is lasagna, layers of goodness!

  • i have a friend that is Italian and is a chef. she makes this incredible pasta dish with cauliflower, garlic, fresh herbs and of course lots of freshly grated parmesan. YUM!!

  • I’ve never been to Italy but I’d love to go! Funny enough, my favorite dish is chicken carbonara! Looove it and always find myself ordering it every time! The one I’ve had always has peas, which I’m not too crazy about, so I’m excited to try to make my own! In Chicago, there’s a place called “Cooper’s Hawk” where they don’t only have delicious wine, but the best carbonara I’ve had. One day, I’d love to try some in Italy =) but in the meantime, I’ll try to make it at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  • I love Italy’s Lake District-especially Lake Como bordering Switzerland.

  • My family is Italian so nothing beats my mums lasagne or my nonna’s chicken (which has a name I can’t spell and can’t find on the inetrnet haha but it sounds like poldrona and is basically a tomato and capsicum sauce). I hate capsicum except I love it in this dish! Oh and we can’t forget all the incredible sweets. Nonna always makes stauch with us. Delicious!

  • I have not been all over Italy, only Venice, Rome and the cinque terre. I loved the cinque terre the most! I had some pesto gnocchi in that area and I was like the best food I’ve ever eaten.

  • Bolognese! So easy to prepare, but makes the kitchen smell like you’re a professional chef, and it tastes like heaven. Yum!

  • I love any kind of pasta with cream sauce, this carbonara looks amazing, although I would be the “cream instead of egg yolks” kind of person. I would love to hear more about this new restaurant, it sounds like a great place!

  • i love pasta barilla..my favorite is my hubbys chicken alfredo!

  • i will never forget the amazing wild boar sausage we had in siena. amazing!!

  • My favourite pasta is bucatini with sausage. Yummy!

  • Never been to Italy, just in dreams. Favorite dish would be eggplant parmigiana, however gelato and tiramisu is top of my list. Thanks. Evelyn

  • Gnocci with gorgonzola sauce was my life-changing discovery when I was in Florence!

  • My favorite region was Florence! Minimal ingredients but full of flavor! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve never been in Italy but I love all of the Italian dishes. My favourites are pasta,pasta,pasta, tomatoes, basile, seafood,garlic and of course gelato!
    Great giveaway and thanks for the opportunity. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  • On our ten-day trip through Italy boyfriend and I gained ****pounds (shocking!!) We ate in little local restaurants every night, eating pasta carbonara (how many different ways to make this! best one I ate in Rome) and pizza quattro fromaggi (another three pounds per pizza) and every night we tasted a tiramisu, just because we can! (best one in Firenze) My favorite dish? I don’t know!! At home I like to try different versions of pasta with pesto!

  • My favorite Italian dish must be the original Ragu al Bolognese, which isn’t to be found easily outside of Italy, though. As for my favorite region: I visited Italy almost 15 years ago and I don’t think I can make a choice here. Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, I loved it all. I surely hope to go back one day and did toss a coin in that Trevi fountain, so it is bound to happen right?

    Love this recipe by the way, it’s so easy and I really like the presentation with the egg yolk on top. Add to that: Barilla is my favorite pasta, it’s the only one I buy these days.

  • I love seafood tagliatelle the best! So any coastal region of Italy is my favorite πŸ™‚

  • My favorite dish is Eggplant parmigiana and Lasagne. I’m getting hungry!

  • Lombardia! My family is from San Giorgio su Legnano πŸ™‚

  • How to choose a favourite dish?! OMG – pizza, lasagna, pasta, risotto, OMG, I can’t choose!

  • My husband grew up in northern Italy, so I guess I’d have to say that’s my favorite part of Italy. πŸ™‚ He loves Italian food, of course!

  • My favorite dish is the carbonara my mom makes — bacon, peas, and alfredo sauce — but I’m definitely going to have to give this one I try because I love egg yolks!

  • My grandmother came from southern italy so I grew up with lots of pizza, seafood, and lemon on everything. Don’t tell her but when I’m craving comfort food I want northern italian food- tortellini en brodo and pappardelle with bolognese!

  • I would love to go to Calabria and every spaguetti dish is my favorite πŸ™‚

  • I would love to visit Calabria and every spaghetti dish is my favorite πŸ™‚

  • Hey, I would just want to let you know that you are my very favorite blog and I really enjoy everything you do.

    I don’t know if you do any research when you choose brands to get sponsored by, bur Barilla is not a good company to work together with. The founder of Barilla has said in media that he will never have a gay family in his commercials, thats gay couples should not adopt children and if gay people have a problem with that they should eat another brand of pasta. Witch of course is really offensive and not okay! I really hope that you at ABM doesn’t share his homophobic point of view.

    Maybe you just didn’t know. Maybe you choose not to care about what values this pasta brand stands for. But now you do know!

    I’m telling you this, in a friendly tone πŸ˜‰ , because I love your blog and its a huuuge inspiration in my life! I still love it and looking forward for every post!! But please. No more Barilla sponsored blogposts!

    Lots of love
    Emilia

  • Pizza is my favorite, although I’m not sure how Italian my favorite pizza is.