Biscotti or cantucci ( most commonly in Tuscany ) are delicious twice-baked Italian biscuit usually made with almonds.
I love garlic, I adore garlic, I cook with absolutely loads of garlic like today's recipe for Spaghetti with Parma Ham and Roasted Garlic.
At its best, a hearty, Italian classic, Minestrone is more of a stew of root vegetables and beans, sometimes with pasta and with the addition of whatever other seasonal vegetables are available. It is the perfect lunchtime or supper course nourishing, filling and very tasty.
A nice Italian style menu perhaps, a plate of anti-pasta to share, a rich Ragu or Bolognese sauce on the pasta and a light Zabaglione for dessert.