Italian cuisine has a great variety of different ingredients which are commonly used, ranging from fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats, etc. In the North of Italy, fish (such as cod, or baccalà), potatoes, rice, maize, corn, sausages, pork, and different types of cheeses are the most common ingredients. Pasta dishes with lighter use of tomato, in Northern Italy though there are many kinds of stuffed pasta and risotto. Other ingredients include several types of fish and seafood dishes; basil (found in pesto), nuts and olive oil are very common.
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