Italian food is at its best when shared with your family and friends. There is something comforting about the rich, delicious ingredients that make it even better when sitting across from loved ones. The combination of sauces, cheeses, breads, pastas, tomatoes, and other staple Italian ingredients make for a hearty, satisfying, and well-balanced dish. It's even more elevated when spiced with complimentary spices like oregano, basil, parsley, and even hot pepper.

Though you may be familiar with the classic Italian entrees like spaghetti, lasagna, and pizza, there are other tasty dishes that are must-tries. The next time you are spending quality time with your family and loved ones, opt for some more unique Italian recipes. No matter if you are making the dish at home, having it catered, or ordering it at a good Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, eat one of these delicious family style recipes.


Gnocchi is a classic Italian pasta that is different from others because of one unique ingredient: potatoes. They are small dough ovals resembling dumplings, made from flour, egg, cheese, breadcrumbs, and potatoes. To make gnocchi, you mix the dough and then roll it out and cut it into small cork-sized pieces. You then pinch each piece of dough with the prongs of the fork to make a ridged indent. Throw the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water and cook for only a few minutes. You want to make sure not to overcook it.

Instead of taking on this delicate process yourself, consider ordering Italian catering in Brooklyn, NY, from those who have mastered their gnocchi recipe. You can order gnocchi with a variety of delicious sauces, like marinara and pesto, and with many different seasoning and special ingredients, like sage, ricotta, or spinach.

Saffron Gigli

Gigli is a type of Italian pasta shaped like a ruffled bell or cone. This unique shape is perfect for holding sauces or stuffed with cheeses and other ingredients. Sometimes referred to as campanelle, this pasta is often served in casseroles or with thick sauces. Saffron gigli is an exceptional dish that will have more complexity in taste and look than standard Italian dishes, while still being a crowd-pleaser. For a delicious saffron gigli, order from a highly rated restaurant in your area, or even get an ordered catered for your family and friends. 


Italian meatballs are a delicious addition to any meal and are sure to be loved by everyone at the table. Though meatballs are a classic Italian dish that you have probably tried countless times, there are many variations of this staple out there.

Instead of going to a mediocre restaurant that serves bland Italian food, it is worth trying meatballs that are quality made, with fresh ingredients, and perhaps even some more unique recipes. For instance, try meatballs made with aged beef and ricotta cheese and herbs. You can even add spicy peppers to the recipe for a bit of a kick. No matter what else you have on the table, everyone will love the addition of some delicious and unique Italian meatballs.

The next time you are spending quality time with your family and friends, order some delicious Italian food to make the good times even better. Contact the team at Barano today to find out more about their delicious catering options!