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Italian American cuisine ( Italiano Ristorante) is what is commonly called Italian food  or fine Italian Cuisine by Italian restaurants - 
in the United States.

It is in based on the cuisine of the Mezzogiorno (southern Italy), particularly that of Sicily, Calabria and Campania, the homeland of many of the early 20th-century Italian immigrants that founded Italian-American cooking.

Main courses

Pizza -- The earliest form of American pizza, now known as "New York-style" and based on the Neapolitan style, set the standard. More Americanized forms such as Greek pizza, Apizza and Chicago-style have become common.

Spaghetti and meatballs - a combination that does not exist in Italy, but is iconic in the USA. Often the meatballs are used in cooking the sauce along with Italian sausage (salsiccia) and braciole (stuffed beef rolls).

Polenta - Cornmeal mash, made in a varying degree of thicknesses depending on the intended use of the final product and often flavored with cheese or butter. Sometimes served with a meat sauce, or with deli meats.

Frittata - An open-faced omelette. There can be potatoes and eggs, peas and eggs, asparagus and eggs, peppers and eggs, cucuzza (i.e. squash/zucchini) and eggs. These can be eaten by themselves or on sandwiches.

Sausage and Peppers - Salsiccia, peppers and onions and a very light red sauce.

Porketta - Porchetta, Roast pork butt or shoulder; often a full suckling pig. Usually a holiday or celebration dish. Brought to America from Le Marche, Tuscany, and the Alban Hills.

Eggplant parmesan or melanzane alla parmigiana is a common Italian dish. It typically includes sliced eggplant, marinara sauce, and parmesan cheese, layered repeatedly. It is sometimes served on or with spaghetti.

Cioppino - a fish stew characteristic of West Coast Italian American cookery, particularly San Francisco

Muffuletta - a large sandwich with cold cuts and olive salad, made on a round loaf; originated in New Orleans

Baked ziti - Ziti pasta, similar to penne, mixed with a tomato sauce and covered in cheese then baked in the oven

Lasagna, particularly using ricotta cheese ("lasagna napoletana" in the Italian kitchen) as a filling rather than the more common style in Italy that uses béchamel sauce ("lasagna bolognese")


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Bosko's Trattoria Carry Out  Italian   Pizza 
One of the most popular places in town with visitors
1364 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1702
707 942-9088
Average price: $15

Caffe Cicero Italian - Italian 
1245 1st St, Napa, CA 707-257-1802

Cantinetta Piero - Italian
6774 Washington St, Yountville, Ca  94599  707-299-5015

Cook St Helena  Italian
1310 Main St, St Helena, CA 707 963-7088
Price range: $16-25

Cucina A La Cart  Italian 
6225 Washington, Yountville, Ca 94599 707 944-1600

Filippi's Pizza Groto & Fine Dining Italian  
645 1st St, Napa, CA 707-254-9700

Italia Mex Cucina  Italian  Mexican
621 Factory Stores Dr, Napa, CA 707-265-7919

New York Pizza Kitchen  Italian   Carry Out   Pizza 
657 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558
707 707-255-8488 
Price $

Olive Tree Inn Italian 
221 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 707-252-7660
Price $$

Pasta Prego
3206 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-224-9011
Price $$

Parry 's Pizzeria & Resturante  Pizza  - Italian 
234 American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA 707-647-2110

Pasta Prego Italian 
3206 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-224-9011
Price $$

Ristorante Allegria - Italian
1026 1st St, Napa, CA 707-254-8006

Ristorante La Strada - Cocktail Lounge  - Italian 
6240 Napa Vallejo Hwy # 29, American Canyon, CA 707-226-3027

Tra Vigne Restaurant Fine Dining  Italian  California Cuisine
One of the most popular places in town with visitors
Banquet / Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome; corkage fee applies, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair, Wine  Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
1050 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 94574-1316
707 963-4444
Dining Style: Casual Elegant Dress Code
Business Casual
Price range: $41-80 

Tuscany  Italian  Mediterranean  
1005 1st St, Napa, CA 707-258-1000

Uva Trattoria and Bar  Italia  Bars  Reservations: Suggested.
Meals Served: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Live music, Catering Services, Children's Menu, Live Entertainment, Private Room Available, Takeout Available,  Reviews GOOD.
1040 Clinton St, (bet. Brown & Main Sts.) Napa, CA 707-255-6646
Hours: Tues - Fri 11:30AM - 10:00PM Sat: 5:00PM - 10:00PM Sun: 4:00PM - 9:00PM

Vercelli  Italian 
1146 Main St, St. Helena, Ca 94574 707-963-3371

Villa Romano Carry Out   Italian 
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair  Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
1011 Soscol Ferry Rd, Napa, CA 94558-6229 707 252-4533
Dining Style: Casual Elegant Dress Code Business Casual
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Sunday gravy - a meat-infused tomato sauce commonly made on Sundays and special occasions; derived from the Italian ragù napoletano. There is some friendly debate among Italian-Americans over whether it should be called "sauce" or "gravy".

Lobster Fra Diavolo - A pasta dish made with Lobster, and sometimes other seafood, that contains crushed red pepper to make it spicy.

American chop suey - a relative of Ragù bolognese made primarily with hamburger meat

Chicken (or Veal) Parmesan - fried breaded chicken or veal cutlets covered in sauce and cheese, served with pasta. A very popular dish in casual dining restaurants.

Pasta Fagioli (pronounced Pasta Fazool by some, from southern Italian fasule instead of standard Italian fagioli) - Pasta with beans, often cannelini beans, that has the consistency of a stew.

Pizzagiena or pizza ghen - Easter Pie, made with various cheeses, eggs, and salted meats. Compare torta pasqualina, from Liguria, or the Italian-Argentinean version, torta pascualina. (find references).

Baccalà - salt cod fish, traditionally served during Lent or for Christmas Eve. Can have it fried, baccala salad, etc.

Aliche - another integral dish served during Christmas Eve's "Feast of the Seven Fishes." This dish's full name is Spaghetti con aglio, olio e acciughe (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and anchovies; aliche is a dialect word for anchovy). The anchovies and garlic are sliced very thin and dissolve in the oil. When served, the dish appears to be just pasta covered in hot oil. (The Italian original dish doesn't have anchovies)

Peas and Eggs - originally a meal eaten by poor Italian immigrants has since become a favorite lenten meal. It consists of simply eggs and peas, fried in a pan with olive oil and some garlic, onion and pepper.

Italian beef sandwich -- a type of roast beef sandwich popular in Chicago, similar to a French dip sandwich.

Wedding soup - A soup with meatballs or sausage and pasta in a chicken broth


Cannoli - a sweet ricotta filling in a fried pastry shell

Struffoli (or Struf') - Fried dough for dessert

Evushgadil or biscotti d'annodare - knot cookies

Sfogliatelle - a sort of custard turnover made with leaved ("foglie") pastry; a similar pastry, larger and filled with a type of pastry cream, is sometimes called a "lobster tail"

Biscotti -- generally nut-flavored; often dipped in coffee rather than wine as in Italy


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