Everybody does like Italian food. But did you ever wonder what goes into an authentic rag¨ alla bolognese? What's the difference between tagliatelle and fettuccine? Why won't you find pasta primavera or veal parmesan on menus in Italy? What makes a Super Tuscan wine "super"? How did Italian dishes like spaghetti alla puttanesca (in the style of a whore), strezzopretti (a pasta shape meaning priest stranglers), and minni di Sant'Agata (breast-shaped cookies in honor of a martyred saint) get their names? The answers to these and thousands of other questions can be found in this comprehensive, user-friendly reference book. With the most up-to-date information on Italian culinary terms, The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink is the reliable resource for authentic definitions, classic recipes, correct spellings, proper pronunciations, and historical origins.