Italian food conjures to the mind rich tomato sauces, cheeses and pasta. These all are integral flavors of Italy, but there is so much more! At Maggio’s we have many Italian dishes that capture the unique characteristics of Italian food, and are sure to become new family favorites. If you love Italian food, or are wanting to try more of it, head to Maggio’s in Alexandria to explore our great menu! Read on for some of the classic components of Italian cooking, and how we work them into our dishes!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are all over Italian cooking, both in their raw state and cooked down in delicious sauces. Classic Italian food utilizes plum or Roma tomatoes because they have fewer seeds, firmer flesh, and thicker juice. We have many dishes that incorporate our delicious marinara sauce, including our Veal Parmigiana Sub, Chicken Parmigiana, and Lasagna. Tomatoes form the backbone of many Italian recipes, and at Maggio’s we embrace tomatoes in many of our classic dishes.

Pasta

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think about Italian food is pasta. Pasta is quintessentially Italian, and mixes well with our rich tomato sauce. If you love this combo of pasta and tomatoes, you will love our Spaghetti With Marinara Sauce, our Baked Spaghetti, and our homemade Lasagna. Pasta doesn’t just play well with tomatoes though. It also is great in our Fettuccine Alfredo paired with sauteed mushrooms and a creamy alfredo sauce, or our Pesto Pasta that combines the flavors of basil, garlic, parmesan, and herbs to create a delicious dish. Our baked ziti has a tube-shaped pasta baked with plenty of cheese. If you love pasta, Maggio’s has so many great ways to enjoy it!

Pizza

Probably next to pasta, pizza is the next classic Italian food that comes to mind. Although many cultures had a form of flatbread similar to pizza, the pizza we are familiar with that combines tomato sauce, cheese and toppings originated in Naples, Italy. At Maggio’s, we branch out a bit past this standard pizza profile to include a wide variety of pizza flavors. Try our Pizza Polla that has olive oil, garlic, basil, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, roasted red peppers and grilled chicken. Or branch out with our BBQ Chicken Pizza that combines sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, chicken, red onions, and cheese. We also offer Strombolis, a dish that is like a pizza baked into a pocket of dough. From our Meat Lovers Pizza to our Veggie Pizza, everyone is sure to find a pizza favorite at Maggio’s!

Cheese

Cheese is found in many great Italian dishes, and we’re not just talking your standard cheddar. Italian cooking uses the mild mozzarella melted into pasta dishes and  pizzas, and also the aged, hard Parmesan cheese that has a stronger flavor. While not classically Italian, our Mozzarella Sticks combine the gooey goodness of mozzarella cheese with our rich tomato sauce. Our Veal Parmigiana, Eggplant Parmigiana, and our Chicken Parmigiana all have the goodness of mozzarella cheese. Our Spaghetti Carbonara combines delicious bacon with the rich taste of parmesan cheese to form a great tasting cream sauce. And our homemade Lasagna wouldn’t be complete without the taste of classic ricotta cheese. Italian cooking utilizes cheese in many forms, all of them delicious. You will find cheese in almost every Italian dish, and at Maggio’s we embrace the goodness of Italian cheese!

Herbs

Classic Italian herbs include parsley, oregano and basil, but it is basil that gives that unique Italian flavor. This simple herb brings complexity to our pasta and pizza sauces, and is central to our Pesto Pasta. Basil also pairs wonderfully with garlic, onion, and capers in our Shrimp Scampi. Garlic is also central to Italian cooking, and is found in many dishes, and liberally in our Garlic Bread that accompanies our pasta dishes. Italian cooking relies on fresh, flavorful herbs to enhance food, and at Maggio’s we have perfected the use of herbs in our dishes.

As you can see, Italian food is packed with fresh ingredients and flavor, and at Maggio’s we create delicious Italian dishes out of these classic ingredients. If you are craving Italian food in the Alexandria area, head on over to Maggio’s, or order online today!