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Italian cuisine is extremely varied: the country of Italy was only officially unified in 1861, and its cuisines reflect the cultural variety of its regions and its diverse history (with culinary influences from Greek, Roman, Gallic, Germanic, Goth, Norman, Lombard, Frank, Turkish, Hebrew, Slavic, Arab and Chinese civilizations). Italian cuisine is imitated all over the world.  To a certain extent, there is really no such thing as Italian cuisine in the way that one usually understands national cuisines. Each area has its own proud specialties, primarily at regional level, but also even at provincial level. Italian cuisine is not only highly regionalised, it is very seasonal. The high priority placed on the use of fresh, seasonal produce distinguishes the cuisine of Italy from the imitations available in most other countries.  Traditional Italian cuisine is very regional and does not follow strict North-South patterns. To most, northern and southern Italian cuisines are differentiated primarily by the north using more butter and creams and the south more tomato and olive oil. In general terms, however, there is a marked difference between regional use of cooking fat and traditional style of pasta. Inland northern and north-eastern regions tend to favour more butter, cream, polenta, mascarpone, grana padano, and parmigiano cheeses, risotto, lasagna and fresh egg pasta. Coastal northern and central regions are somewhat of a bridge between north and south and often use tortellini, ravioli and are known for prosciutto. The southern regions are known for mozzarella, caciocavallo, and pecorino cheeses, olive oil, and dried pasta. Southern Italian cuisine also makes far greater use of the ubiquitous tomato.

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Italian Cuisine Restaurants

Giovanni's [Italian Cuisine], 9205 South US-31, Grawn, MI 49637, Phone: (231) 276-6244

Giuseppe's Italian Grill [Italian Cuisine], 757 Petoskey Ave., Charlevoix, MI 49720, Phone: (231) 547-2550

La Vigna Italian Bistro, One Shanty Creek Rd., Shanty Creek, Bellaire, MI 49615, Phone: (231) 533-8621

Lena's Wine Cellar [Italian Cuisine], 118 Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712,
Phone: (231) 582-9543

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Lorenzo's [Italian Cuisine], 7075 South Lakeshore Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Phone: (231) 526-1000

Marina Ristorante [Italian Cuisine], 2404 Sunnyside Drive, M-115 & M-55, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 775-9322

Monte Bianco [Italian Cuisine], 02911 Boyne City Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712,
Phone: (231) 582-3341

TraVino Traverse Wine & Grille [Italian Cuisine], 4341 M72, Williamsburg, MI 48690, Phone: (231) 938-9496

Tuscan Grille [Italian Cuisine], 312 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, Phone: (231) 723-4200

Villa Ristorante Italiano [Italian Cuisine] 887 Spring St., Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 347-1440

 

 

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