Spicy Italian Food

Italians are known for their food and have a rich history in preparing spicy Italian food. Adding some spice to your meals is a great way to warm you up while also enjoying a delicious meal. Here are several spices and herbs you can add to make your Italian dish recipes even that much more special.

Spices and Herbs to Make the Best Spicy Italian Food


The first and most obvious option that cooks need in their kitchen is salt. Salt is abundant in Italian cooking and is known for the delicious and savory Italian food it produces. Salt helps bring out the unique flavors in Italian cuisine’s simplicity and elevates the flavor of your meals.

Of course, everyone’s taste for salt is different. Some people crave salty food, some do not. Experiment using differing amounts and your meals will come out just right!


Garlic is another common spice used in Italian cooking and this savory flavor compliments a lot of dishes very well. You can add it to your meats, cheeses, sauces, and a variety of other dishes as well.


Fresh ground pepper is a staple of authentic Italian cuisine. Freshly ground pepper is the best pepper to use on any sort of spicy Italian food dish.


Saffron is expensive to purchase, but this spice will add a unique color and flavor to your dish. This spice is used frequently in fish stews, risottos, and other saucy dishes.

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are commonly used to help in flavoring marinades for meat as well as white sauces.


If there is garlic in an Italian dish, you can almost guarantee that parsley will be included in the recipe. These two complement each other very well and will go well with pasta, cheeses like mozzarella and other various pasta sauces.


This herb is abundant in the Italian countryside and is commonly used in meat marinades and grilling. It is also used with charcoals to give the smoke a better aroma when grilling or smoking.


Fresh basil is probably the most loved herb in Italian cuisine and pairs very well with tomatoes, which means you can use it with many tomato sauce recipes. Basil leaves are widely used in many pasta dishes, though it can also be seen cozying up with vegetables like eggplant or zucchini.

Crushed Red Pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes are perfect for adding spice to simple Italian meals like spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, sausages and pizza. Most restaurants offer this on the table, but you can easily pick up your own at your nearest grocery store.

Chili Powder

Chili powder has a more intense kick than red pepper, which makes it perfect for cooking. You can use this in marinades, salad dressings, or homemade sauces the next time you need to spice up your Italian meal.


Sage is known as the “miracle herb” in Italian cooking. It is used in great quantities in pasta dishes like risotto and gnocchi. Sage is also used to season roasted meats like pork, beef and chicken.

Italian Seasoning

And, of course there is the grand daddy of all spicy Italian food seasonings: Italian Seasoning. This is a blend of dried and ground herbs used in many Italian cuisine recipes. Herbs commonly included are sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, basil and coriander.

Visit Gerbasi Ristorante for the Best Spicy Italian Food

Some like it hot! If you are a spicy food eater you will love our menu and full variety of spicy Italian food. We use a variety of seasoning to flavor our food just right! Visit us today.