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The 'C's of Italian Cooking

Updated on June 5, 2011

So we've covered 'A' and 'B'. Let's move on to


cacciatora ~(kah.chyah.toe.rah) "hunter style."

cacciucco ~(kah.choo.ko) a fish soup, made with various kinds of fish and shellfish, strongly peppered and spiced.

caciocavallo ~ (kah.cho.kah.vah.lo) 'horse cheese.' Cheese similar to provolone.

caffe' e latte (kah.fay.ay.lah.tay) 'coffee and milk." The customary Italian breakfast beverage, consisting of half milk, half black-roast Italian coffee.

caffe' espresso ~ ( 'express,' or 'pressed out.' Caffe' espresso is Italian coffee made in a special machine in which steam under pressure is forced through the powdered coffee.

calzone ~ (kahl.tso.nay) 'trouser,' 'one leg of a pair of pants.' A dish of dough, stuffed with meat, cheese and spices. A specialty of Naples.

cannelloni ~ (kah.nay.lo.nee) 'big pipes.' A large round macaroni product, usually stuffed with meat or other ingredients.

cannoli ~ ( 'pipes'. A Sicilian pastry.

capellini d'angelo ~ (kah.pel.lee.nee d'ahn.jay.lo) 'angel's hair.' A thin, delicate macaroni product.

cappelletti ~ (kah. pel.lay.tee) 'little hats.' A Roman variant of the Bologna tortellini.

cassata ~ (kah.sah.tah) an ice cream, similar to spumone.

cassata siciliana ~ (kah.sah.tah see.chee.lyah.nah) a rich Sicilian cake.

castagnaccio ~ (kah.stah.nyah.cho) from the word castagna which means chestnut. Castagnaccio is chestnut flour pie, to which almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and raisins are added.

ceci (chay.che) chick peas, garbanzo beans.

cotoletta ~ (koh.toe.let.tah) cutlet or chop.

cozza ~ (ko.tsah) mussel.

crostino ~ ( from crosta, 'crust.' Bread that is spread with anything and then toasted.

cuscinetti ( 'little pillows, 'little cushions.' Baked cheese sandwiches.

'C' you soon!!


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for continuuing the 'dictionary' of terms. Although my family loves cannelloni, they love to top the meal off with a couple of cannoli's. (One is plenty for me!) Nice job.

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      heidimariahelena 6 years ago from South Jersey

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

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