Gourmet Italian dishes are in high demand. In 2007, a Harris poll revealed that when Americans eat out, 22 percent prefer Italian food. Whether your food business is strictly Italian based or simply features a few tasty Italian specialty foods, you, too, can cash in on America's love of Mediterranean dishes.
Depending on your business needs, you may either create Italian gourmet from scratch or purchase it already prepared and ready to serve to your customers. Main dishes are one area of focus, while gourmet Italian desserts are something of a speciality. Take a moment to consider Italian specialty and gourmet foods basics:
1. Find excellent gourmet Italian dishes to prepare in your commercial kitchen.
2. Discover Italian specialty stores that will provide prepared Italian foods for your customers.
3. Locate recipes and sources for Italian specialties, like desserts.
Research Italian gourmet food recipesItalian food is often quick and easy to prepare, but a good recipe--and fresh ingredients--are key to making your Italian dishes stand out from the crowd. Look for familiar and popular Italian foods, as well as those that will stretch your customers' understanding and appreciation of Italian dishes.
Purchase prepared food from Italian food companiesIf Italian foods seems too far beyond your area of expertise, seek out Italian food manufacturers who can provide you with prepared items. You may also find that in order to prepare authentic dishes, you require specialty Italian food imports.
Make or buy gourmet Italian dessertsItalian desserts are considered a specialty by many. Whether your want to try your hand at making them from scratch or you prefer to buy them already prepared, consider offering your customers such treats as cannoli, biscotti, and Italian cakes and cookies.
- When planning an authentic Italian gourmet menu, remember to keep things balanced. In Italy, each meal is a good balance between carbohydrates (often from bread and pasta) and protein (from meat and poultry), with plenty of vitamins and minerals (from vegetables and fruit).