There are several Italian recipes that are pretty popular and available at restaurants all around the globe, even at non Italian places. Gnocchi is certainly one of them.
I had the chance to buy some special hazelnuts yesterday and I decided to bake one of the most popular biscuits of my area: Baci di Dama.
Food is pretty much a religion in Italy, so the official starters of the Piedmont Region are approximately 140. Our creativity may allow us to create new ones, but for those who are very sticky to tradition, nothing can be served as an official starter out of the codified ones.
Minestrone is mostly a “concept” rather than a recipe as ingredients vary a lot based on seasonality and geographical area. The final result changes quite a lot every time you make it as vegetable do not have standard sizes and your personal taste may like it with more of this and less of that, or you may include even legumes to make it more consistent and to increase its nutritional value.