Italian food is regional food although there are some least common denominators it's best to call Italian cuisine as regional cuisine. Here we have three regional dishes. Pasta alla Norma named after the Great composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania, Sicily and loved this dish so it was named after Norma, one of his best opera. The aria Casta Diva when sung by Maria Callas leaves one awed. This dish was prepared in Sicily with the local eggplants and tomatoes that are to die for. The Salade Nicoise is also Italian from Nizza a region that was always Italian but was ceded to France by that poor excuse of the Savoy king of Piedmont who was fooled by Napoleon III for help that was never given. The area is still somewhat Italian and much of the food is Italian in flavor and style. This salad is a meal in itself. The pesto alla Genovese is of course the famous pesto sauce that is very popular these days. Nothing compares to the real one of course and to be authentic, the water must have a potato cut in small pieces and a few string beans along with the pasta. Splendid and actually simple but you need the basil from Genoa, the olive oil from Liguria and the Parmigiano Reggiano from Parma to really pull this dish off. Italian food is after all a celebration of nature. It's magic reveals itself omlu if the finest and freshest ingredients are used.
Pasta alla norma
Pesto alla genovese