Family Dinners, Italian Style

Family Dinners, Italian Style

Compensation was provided by Bertolli Frozen Meals. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Bertolli Frozen Meals.
Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored Italian food is one of my favorite things to eat. Eating Italian food has always seemed like a special occasion to me. I think it is just inherent in the meal itself. Something about a big bowl of pasta, garlic bread, and some flavorful sauce makes me feel like I need to call the whole family over for a big dinner party. Family dinners feel so special when I serve Italian food.

There is some truth to the idea that Italian food is inherently celebratory. A recent survey found that Italians handle meals differently than the average American. According to the survey1, Italians are two times more likely to say dining with friends is important and three times more likely to have wine with their meal. Italians also have different table habits than Americans. Roughly 84% of Italians eat at the table with their family and 97% eat pasta each week. Mangia! Check out the details in the fun infographic below. Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored

Bertolli just released a completely reformulated line of delicious frozen meals with real ingredients so now you can easily dine like an Italian at home and bring elements of Mangia! to your family’s dinner table. My family was lucky enough to sample two of these authentic meals: Chicken Florentine & Farfalle and Bertolli Chicken Marsala & Roasted Redskin Potatoes. Both were a huge hit with my family and the portion sizes were perfect for family-style dining.

Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored

Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere

I created a Mangia! atmosphere when serving my family these new Bertolli meals by presenting dinner family-style with breadsticks and a colorful drink. We do not drink wine, but we were able to add color and fun to the meal by serving sparkling juice in what my daughter called “the fancy glasses.” Of course, we all sat at the dinner table and talked to each other. It was an inspiring evening.

Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored Another important element of Italian-inspired family dining is setting the table. Typically, setting the table at my house means everyone grabs a fork before they sit down. We used to set the table, but somewhere along the way that ritual faded away. A surprising 83% of Italians set the table for their family meals. If you do not already set the table, try it at your next meal. It creates a more inviting atmosphere and adds a warm feeling to dinnertime. There is no need to go crazy here; the basics will do.

Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored Get your Mangia! on by following the tips I shared. Make it even easier and more rewarding by serving Bertolli. All Bertolli Italian meals are crafted from authentic recipes and real ingredients. Bertolli even has an authenticity expert whose job is to ensure that Bertolli meals stay true to the brand’s Italian heritage. Now wouldn’t that be an incredible job to have!

Enjoy restaurant-quality Italian meals at home with Bertolli premium frozen meals. Mangia! Explore more ways to mangia here.

Creating a Mangia! Atmosphere #BertolliMangia #sponsored [1] These results are from an online survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Bertolli of over 2,000 nationally representative individuals in the United States and Italy. The U.S. survey with 1,074 completes was conducted between July 28-29, 2016. The Italy survey of 1,013 individuals was conducted from July 29 – August 4, 2016. The margin of error in each country is +/-3.1%

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  1. That looks delicious! We need something good for dinner tonight so I think I will be making something like this! Thanks for the idea!

  2. We love Italian recipes and these meals would be great when in a rush. I enjoy sitting down as a family for dinner and catching up on our days.

  3. I’ll have to see if we carry Bertolli frozen meals here. They do look delicious.

  4. I love Italian food, it’s some of my favorite food! Hubby tried the chicken florentine and enjoyed it.

  5. Bertolli is making it super easy to whip up some delicious Italian dinners for my family. I love these frozen meals!

  6. That looks really good. I would love to give this a try. I love Bertolli, so I’m sure this will taste great too.

  7. Oriana Romero says

    Bertolli meals look so delicious. I would love to pick some up to try. I know my family will love it.

  8. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to pick up some Bertolli frozen meals to try.

  9. Now you’ve gone and made me hungry. I love these meals from Bertolli – so convenient and so delicious. Sometimes you just want an easy to prepare dinner.

  10. Great post! Feeling a little Italian now….!

  11. Everyone in our house love Italian meals! And we are always excited to have pasta dinners! Definitely trying these Bertolli frozen meals!

  12. Reesa Lewandowski says

    My family would love this dinner! I really love Bertolli products!

  13. My kids absolutely love Italian food. These Bertolli products look so convenient AND delicious.

  14. yummy. i really have to try these. everything always looks so good.

  15. Love Italian, these all look so good and convenient.

  16. We are all about Italian food and these dinners look so gourmet and I love how easy they are to prepare! Definitely going to check them out and add them to our dinner menu rotation!

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