Italian Salsa di Pomodoro ~ © Elisabetta Giacon 2014
Italian Salsa: also called salsa di pomodoro or sugo or salsa alla pizzaiola
In Italian culinary lingo, salsa is a semi liquid specialty that is used to enhance foods that are prepared separately.
In Italian way of cooking there are basically 4 types of salsa:
- A salsa which is prepared with butter and flour and various liquids (example salsa besciamella).
- A salsa prepared with the addition of eggs, oil, lemon or vinegar (example salsa maionese).
- A salsa which combines ingredients such as anchovies, capers, and or herbs (example salsa verde or salsa gremolada for ossi buchi).
- And a salsa made from tomatoes that sometimes is also called sugo per pasta or salsa alla pizzaiola.
Hispanic North American Salsa
In Hispanic American cuisine salsa is a concoction of either fresh or cooked ingredients that usually include chiles, tomatoes, lemon juice or vinegar and cilantro. Salsa is usually served with other dishes and especially with Carne Asada.