“Italian food” is kind of a catchall term here in America that describes a wide variety of dishes that are more specific to regions of the Old Country. If you were to take a trip to the old country, you’d see that many of your favorite dishes are only served in specific regions of the country, like Parmesan cheese, which comes from the Emilia-Romagna area. While you can enjoy many of these famous dishes when you order catering for an event through our Eatontown restaurant, it’s a good idea to get familiar with where they come from.

Eatontown Catering Specialist Shares Regional Favorites


Known specifically for its cheeses (Gorgonzola, Provolone, and Gran Padano), you won’t find much olive oil or marinara in the recipes of this northern Italian region. They love their rice and polenta, with risotto and osso bucco being among the most popular dishes in the famous city of Milan.

tortellini with bolognese sauce


This diverse northern region is best known for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, but that’s not all they have to offer the culinary world. Tortellini, Bolognese (meat sauce), and balsamic vinegar are all staples of the food in this region. Anyone looking for cold cut platters from out Eatontown Italian catering specialists can thank this area for the world famous salt-cured meat, prosciutto di Parma.


The center of the country offers a mix between the northern and southern styles. Bruschetta has a home in Rome along with some of the finest artichoke dishes, porchetta, and one of our favorites, Penne Carbonara.


This is the epicenter of pizza with Naples being at the heart of this region. The rich volcanic soil is great for fresh vegetables and fruits, which is why so many dishes feature things like figs, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. This bread-loving area has also given us the calzone as a delicious meal option as well.



Don’t forget about the island off the toe of Italy when it comes to cultural influence on cuisine. This is another area with fertile volcanic soil that helps produce the finest fruits and olives. It has been rumored that one of the most iconic Italian foods was invented here, polpetti, which we call the meatball today!

Contact Mangia Brick Oven Pizza today if you’d like to cater a private event with dishes from all over Italy. Get started by giving us a call at (732) 578-9000.