Top 3 Italian Sauces

Trattoria Il Panino will speak on behalf of all Italian’s when we say that sauces are our lifeblood. The sauce is everything in Italian Cuisine, and it’s essential to know different kinds. The more sauces you try, you become better acclimated with what your pallet likes, and you can begin to incorporate sauces into more dishes that you make back at home. We’ve created a list of the most famous Italian sauces and what makes them so mouth-watering.


Bolognese sauce is an all-timer. Bolognese is a meat-based sauce from the city of Bologna, Italy. It’s made with a careful combination of sweating, sautéing, and braising. The sauce is unbelievable on pasta and also can be stuffed into hot lasagna. It’s important to know that Bolognese sauce only has a little bit of tomato as flavor. The rest is the meat, wine, and milk. The meat that is used in the Bolognese is minced beef or pork. If you are a meat lover, this is a sauce you want to try at Trattoria Il Panino.

Vodka Sauce

This is a well-known sauce that is made with a combination of tomato sauce, vodka, herbs, and heavy cream. The sauce is a distinct creamy orange color as opposed to its tomato sauce counterpart. The vodka acts as a catalyst that releases flavors within the tomato that are otherwise inaccessible. So, with vodka sauce, you are getting flavors that aren’t in regular tomato sauce. This sauce is primarily used with Penne Alla Vodka, a very famous Italian cuisine, but can be used in many different recipes. 

Marinara Sauce 

Marinara sauce is the kingpin of Italian sauces. It’s a tomato sauce made with herbs, onions, and garlic. It’s made in a variety of ways, and every restaurant has its variation of this beautiful, mouth watering sauce. Marinara isn’t too complicated of a flavor and isn’t too thick or thin. This means that it goes with just about anything as long as you put the correct amount on it. Luckily, our team at Trattoria Il Panino makes an excellent marinara sauce that will have you back for more. 


Book a table at Trattoria Il Panino in the North End for some of the best variety of sauces you’ll ever have. We take COVID precautions seriously and cannot wait to see you soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!