3 Italian American Dishes and Wine Pairings

3 Italian American Dishes and Wine Pairings


You’ve probably ordered the following Italian American dishes many times, but not in Italy! Make it right by pairing them with an Italian wine.

Spaghetti and Meatballs | Nero d’Avola
Spaghetti and meatballs is a typical Italian-American dish which has adorned Sunday lunch tables for decades. This dish is the perfect combination of a typical first and second course. Spaghetti with tomato sauce can easily be found on an Italian dinner table, but the meatballs would never be in the same dish as the pasta! If you’re plan is to combine them, like many US families do, pair them with a wine a suitable wine – a Nero d’Avola. This wine is a perfect pairing thanks to its elevated levels of acidity and fruit flavors.

Fettucine Alfredo | Sparkling White Wine
Fettucine Alfredo may bear an Italian name, but mention it in Italy and you will only get curious looks from confused faces. There are theories that its origins stem from a restaurant in Rome which has a similar creamy-like sauce made from cheese (not cream) used in a fettucine dish and created by a man named Alfredo, but truth be told Fettucine Alfredo, as we know it, is an Italian-American invention. This is definitely a heavy dish, rich in dairy and fat so the best pairing for a dish like this is a Sparkling White Wine. The bubbles will help reduce the fat from the palate, so each forkful is as tasty as the last.

Chicken Parm | Brunello di Montalcino
What do you get when you mix a fried breaded chicken cutlet with tomato sauce and mozzarella after it’s baked in the oven? An Italian-American classic. Breaded chicken is definitely a dish you can find in Italy, but smother it in tomato sauce and mozzarella and you can be sure an Italian won’t likely recognize it any longer. A dish this heavy deserves a notable wine such as a Brunello di Montalcino. This tannic wine will help balance the fat from the cheese and fry and is one of Italy’s most beloved wines.

Buon Appetit – enjoy your Italian American dishes and Italian wines!