People generally head to Italian restaurants for the delicious and comforting staples, such as pizza and pasta. There's something for everyone, from slurpable spaghetti and twisted fusilli to plain slices and those piled with toppings. What really makes these dishes shine is the sauce, and luckily, Italian food has many to choose from. Here are some you should try during your next restaurant visit.

Popular Sauces You’ll Find in an Italian Restaurant

1. Marinara

Marinara can be served on its own or as a base for other sauces, as it's made from a simple list of ingredients including tomatoes, olive oil, onion, garlic, and parsley. Some chefs also choose to add a dash of red wine for a richer flavor, but the beauty of marinara sauce is its simplicity. Marinara sauce can also be served on virtually any pasta dish, so be sure to look for it on the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant.

2. Bolognese

italian restaurantBolognese sauce, also known as Ragu sauce, originated in Bologna, Italy. This meat-based sauce has quite a bit of flexibility in the type of meat used, as everything from chicken livers to veal has been known to be mixed in. Other ingredients include wine, butter, nutmeg, and vegetables, such as carrots and onions. While this sauce is served with many types of pasta, it's especially popular inside lasagna.

3. Carbonara

A sauce well-loved by Americans and Italians alike, carbonara is a Roman dish made with cured pork, cheese, eggs, and black pepper. It's a rich tangle of flavors that can be tricky to make even with the short ingredients list. The trick is to warm the egg and cheese mixture without scrambling the eggs, which creates one of the richest, creamiest pasta sauces. It's usually served on spaghetti noodles, but it works well with many types of pasta.

4. Alfredo

One of the more popular pasta sauces in the United States, traditional Roman alfredo sauce is made with only two ingredients: parmesan cheese and butter. Many Italian restaurants today choose to add heavy cream for even more creaminess, but it still remains a very simple sauce. It's traditionally served on fettuccine pasta and sometimes with chicken for a more substantial dish.


If you want to try these fantastic sauces, head to Emilio's of Morris Park in the Bronx, NY, for a delicious meal. They serve up a mouthwatering selection of pasta, pizza, and other Italian favorites. Visit their website to see their menu, or call (718) 822-6758 to place an order. You can also download the Emilio's app for stress-free ordering by texting "Emilios" to 33733.