This cuisine is all about good ingredients, from fresh pasta, pizza & calzone, to meat, fish, vegetables and sauces including staples such as olives, olive oil, garlic and wine.  Eating Italian food is synonymous with being sociable and eating with others is a big part of Italian culture.  The food is incredibly varied because the focus is on seasonal fresh food and so it changes all through the year.

Beef Ragu with polenta

A dish made of roughly chopped beef in a tomato sauce with vegetables, accompanied with polenta