5 Dishes Vegans Can Eat at Italian Restaurants

Posted on: 21 October 2015

When you are vegan, eating out becomes that much more difficult. But why you should you miss out on all the fun (not to mention deliciousness) of eating out at a great Italian restaurant now and again? You might think that you have to go to specialist vegan and vegetarian restaurants to find something you can eat, but this is not the case. Here are five authentic Italian dishes that are also vegan.

Risotto Primavera. Risottos are bowls of creamy rice that can be matched with virtually any ingredients, but one of the most popular options is Risotto Primavera, risotto rice that is cooked with delicate spring vegetables such as peas, asparagus, and spring onions. And the amazing thing about risotto is that the creaminess come from the starch in the rice—no cream is added. Sometimes, restaurants may choose to add butter and cheese to their risottos, but these ingredients are not essential and you can ask for them to be excluded.

Bruschetta. The freshness of a classic bruschetta cannot be beaten, and it's a totally vegan choice. Italian restaurant commonly serves bruschetta, but it's also very easy to make at home. Ciabatta bread is sliced and grilled. Garlic is rubbed on to the warm bread, fresh tomatoes are added, basil is torn on top, and Italian olive oil is drizzled all over it.

Zucchine Spacece. Italy is a country with many regions, and in each region, you can find culinary specialties. On the stunning coast, one of the most simple but moreish dishes is Zucchine Spaceche, which is essentially thinly sliced courgettes that are dressed in mint and vinegar. The dish is equally great served piping hot as a side, or cold as a salad.

Pizza Marinara. When you think of pizza, you probably imagine stringy cheese atop the sauce, but not all pizzas come with cheese, and the Pizza Marinara is a great example. Across the base there is a simple but heavenly tasting mix of tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, and garlic. This is the perfect dish for cold winter nights when only warming Italian comfort food will do.

Spaghetti Pomodoro. Of course, what would a trip to an Italian restaurant be without tucking into a heaped pile of spaghetti? Simple but delicious, this sauce comprises fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and basil. Just be sure that the spaghetti is not made with egg and that you make sure that no cheese is grated on the top.