Americans have always loved a wonderful Italian meal. I myself can think of no finer sensation for the senses than walking into an Italian restaurant and taking in the scent of fresh herbs, sauces, and meats cooked in olive oil. When these foods are prepared in the old Italian tradition I cannot help but smile.

Not only does quality Italian cuisine make me feel happy, it can also be loaded with healthy ingredients that are healthy as well as delicious. Consider just a few of the ingredients in traditional Italian recipes like olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, basil and mushrooms.

Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats available and can lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. This helps to lower my blood pressure and offers me protection against a stroke or heart disease. Not all fats are created equal!

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can fight infection and lower the risk of blood clots. It is used around the world for its antioxidant and antibiotic effects. In no cuisine is it more delicious than in Italian food.

Tomatoes are a powerhouse of vitamins and potassium. When cooked in a wonderful fresh Italian sauce they release antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and even burn fat. Tomatoes can even lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Basil is such a sweet and delicious fresh herb. It is as good for my health as it tastes and boasts antibacterial properties that help fend of colds and flu. It naturally soothes my stomach from indigestion and provides relief for my arthritis on top of boosting my immune system.

The many varied health benefits of mushrooms have been shown throughout history. Mushrooms have no fat or cholesterol, and have been proven to decrease the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

All of the above, I learned from this article:

When I want to enjoy fine Italian cooking, I prefer to visit quality establishments like Tarallucci e Vino in New York City’s Union Square. The restaurant fuses traditional Italian cuisine with Chef Riccardo Bilotta’s modern culinary flare.

Tarallucci e Vino is a charming restaurant and also a wonderful venue for special events. Weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations become truly memorable in the mezzanine or loft of the building. This establishment has truly captured the joy of eating delicious Italian food in a fittingly enchanting environment. The restaurant is named for the Italian phrase which proclaims that all will end well with a tarallucci (a traditional Italian cookie), and a glass of wine. I can think of no finer way to end my day than at Tarallucci e Vino.

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