Italian Cuisine Vocab 104

With Thanksgiving already behind us and the December holidays quickly approaching, eating out at an Italian restaurant is a great way to spend time with friends and family. There are plenty of Italian cuisine terms out there that we guarantee that you don’t know. After all, we’ve covered this vocab in our 101, 102 and 103 lessons! If you want to impress your friends and family this holiday season, show them that you know your stuff by learning about more Italian cuisine terms. We cover some more of them below!


Out of all of the Italian terms that you’ll learn, this one is probably the easiest to remember. Fritti quite literally translates to “fried” in English, meaning that any Italian dishes with fritti in their title are generally fried. This isn’t to be confused with a similar term, frutti, which translates in English to fruits. As long as you can differentiate between the single letter, you’re golden!


We’re willing to bet that this term won’t be as easy to remember! Instead of referring to the way a meal is cooked, amatriciana is actually a type of sauce used in Italian dishes. It’s a spicier sauce made with tomatoes, basil and bacon or pancetta. The amatriciana we serve is made with pancetta; try it for yourself!


The word grigliata actually has several meanings in Italian, but only one of them can be applied to our menu items. The primary definition refers to grigliata as the Italian word for a barbeque. The simpler definition of grigliata is simply “grilled”, and is the version that is most synonymous with our Italian cuisines.


This Italian term is unique because it doesn’t refer to a particular dish or cooking method. It actually refers to a specific area of Italy, which is the coastal town of Sorrento. Sorrentina refers to foods that are cooked in a “Sorrento-style”, which means that they originated from that town in Italy. Sorrento style sauce is usually made with tomatoes AND mozzarella, a unique pairing from a unique area of the country.

Italian Cuisine at Trattoria Il Panino

When it comes to Italian cuisine in Boston’s North End, you won’t find better options than at Trattoria Il Panino! We sport a wide variety of Italian food, wines and desserts to give you the full authentic experience. You’ll also be able to wow your peers with your knowledge of Italian cuisine terms! For the magic of Italy brought to the Bay State, click here to make a reservation!