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7 Important Italian Ingredients You Can Easily Find In Any Denver Italian Restaurant

For added flavor and health, adding a touch of Italian cuisine is always beneficial. Since it follows the Mediterranean way of eating food, Italian cuisine makes it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Not only does it improve on your weight loss and reduces the chances of depression, it also assists in controlling the blood glucose level of the body.

Therefore, having the right ingredients for food is an essential aspect in every restaurant. Not only does it make the food delicious, but it is also important for the customers whom you will serve. While there are numerous ingredients that are used by Italian restaurants, there are those few that make the food extra delightful. Here are seven of them that you should be aware of.

Olive Oil

This ingredient is especially important because of its mono-saturated fat. It helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels while increasing the levels of good high triglyceride level cholesterol. Additionally, olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants called polyphenols which are linked to improving issues of the heart.

By dressing your salad greens with some little extra-virgin olive oil along with some lemon, you will be enjoying an Italian delicacy at the restaurant. Alternatively, you can use the olive oil for baking instead of butter.



Whether it has been converted to an Italian red sauce to set on some pasta or it’s being served with fresh vegetables, its sweetness is quite remarkable. Not only are they packed with lycopene and vitamin c, but these assist in preventing heart issues such as cancer because they have a heart-protective anti-oxidant.

Additionally, restaurants serving tomatoes give customers the added benefit of getting vitamin A, folate and potassium. Restaurants can opt to add these tomatoes onto your salads, pasta dishes and soups making your meal very delicious.


The antifungal and antibiotic properties of garlic make it very essential for use as an Italian ingredient in restaurants. Apart from its anticancer characteristics, it also assists in lowering colon, throat, stomach, skin and breast cancers, as well as clotting. Thus, ensuring that the garlic, crushed enables these sulfides to be released.

With garlic, restaurants are able to provide a different dimension to their dishes such as homemade spaghetti sauce, salad dressings and sautéed greens.


With it being a staple food in Italian diets, it is an important ingredient in restaurants because it provides selenium, protein and niacin benefits for the body. These seafood’s may be in the form of shellfish, salmon, tuna, squid, shrimp, sea bass or even shrimp.

Whole grains

Restaurants adding these ingredients to their customers’ dishes help in protecting against diabetes, chronic diseases and also heart disease when they are taken. This is because once they are digested, they gradually lead to a rise in the insulin and glucose levels in the body.


Not only are they essential, but they are also healthy and satisfying. Instead of having meat, taking beans and other legumes as substitutes to get protein is always good. This will ensure that you lower the saturated-fat intake while increasing the level of healthier nutrients such as anti-oxidants and fiber.

Dark leafy greens

By providing plenty vitamin A, C and K, dark leafy greens provide cancer fighting and heart-healthy fiber that are very essential. Restaurants can opt to include them in salad with plenty of garlic and some red pepper to give out that Italian taste for your dish.

Getting served with dishes that contain the right ingredients in a restaurant is very essential. This is not only for the sweet delicacy that you will gain but also for the nutritional benefit. So the next time you go to a Denver restaurant, be sure to order your dish with one of the above ingredients!


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