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Easy and Delicious Italian Dishes

Here, 25 easy and delicious Italian dishes worth lingering over, like Pappardelle with Red Wine and Meat Ragù (right), plus wine pairings for each.

Wine Pairings

Whites

Fiano

2005 Feudi di San Gregorio, $18
Fennel, Mushroom and Arugula Salad with Seared Scallops

2006 Terredora Di Paolo, $27
Garlic Risotto with Calamari and Parmesan Crisps

Garganega

2006 Gini Soave Classico, $18
Braised Salmon with Roasted Almonds

2004 Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico, $46
Chickpea Soup with Seared Monkfish and Thyme

Pinot Bianco

2006 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco, $13
Sea Bass all’Acqua Pazza

2005 Jermann Pinot Bianco, $35
Aged Gouda Fondue with Caraway Croutons

Trebbiano

2005 Zenato Lugana, $12
Roasted Salmon with Spaghetti-Squash Salad

2004 Emidio Pepe, $45
Sizzled Veal with Fresh-Herb Salad

Verdicchio

2005 Fattoria Laila, $17
Clam Pizza with Salad Topping

2004 Villa Bucci Riserva, $43
Campofilone Pasta with Lobster and Tomato

Vermentino

2006 Santadi Cala Silente, $19
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Remoulade and Shaved Lemon

2005 Bisson Vigna Intrigoso, $28
Chilled Capellini with Clams and Caviar

Reds

Aglianico

2004 Villa Matilde, $20
Four-Pepper Steak au Poivre

2001 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi, $41
Braised Lamb Shanks

Barbera

2003 Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne, $15
Lamb Braised in Milk with Garlic and Fennel

2004 Pio Cesare Fides, $39
Roasted Veal Loin

Montepulciano

2005 Valle Reale Vigne Nuove, $11
Braised Veal Chops with Honey and Red Grapes

2003 Cataldi Madonna Tonì, $60
Beef Daube with Wild Mushrooms

Nebbiolo

2005 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe, $20
Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms

2000 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda, $115
Braised Veal with Wild Mushrooms

Nero d’Avola

2005 Feudo Maccari Re Noto, $16
Italian Sausage Heroes with Peppers and Onions

2004 Valle dell’Acate Il Moro, $24
Farfalle with Wild Mushrooms

Sangiovese

2001 Fèlsina Chianti Classico, $20
Baked Polenta with Mushrooms

2001 Antinori Badia a Passignano, $45
Wine-Braised Beef and Celery Root Shepherd’s Pie

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