Fantastic Italian Foods for a Cold Winter Day

Fantastic Italian Foods for a Cold Winter Day

There’s nothing like a delicious, filling meal to keep you warm and full on a cold winter day. We’ve put together a quick list of some great Italian meals to eat as the temperatures in Central Texas (and across the nation!) continue to drop.

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana is a popular Italian-American dish that consists of grilled or lightly breaded chicken breast, with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s popular as a stand-alone meal, but also goes great with pasta or as a sandwich. It’s based on a combination of melanzane alla Parmigiana (which uses breaded eggplant slices in place of chicken) and costelette Parmigiana.

Pairs perfectly with: Sangiovese, a bright, fruity Italian red wine.

Fettuccine w/ Sausage, Garlic, and Onions

Fettuccine is a popular flat, thick pasta often found in Roman and Tuscan cuisine. Add some sausage, garlic, onions, and either Alfredo or marinara sauce and you’ve got a hearty meal to warm you up on a cold day. It sticks to your ribs and leaves you feeling warm and full for hours.

Pairs perfectly with: a nice bottle of white wine (pretty much any white wine you prefer!)

Beef Cannelloni Pasta Rolls

Beef Cannelloni Pasta Rolls are delectable pasta stuffed with beef, spinach, mozzarella, parmigiano and ricotta cheese. Cannelloni dates back to approximately 1907, when Nicola Federico, a famous chef from Naples, created this delicious pasta. It’s been around for over 100 years, and continues to delight food lovers all over the world.

Pairs perfectly with: Bardolino, a light Italian red wine.

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana

If you’re a fan of eggplant, this is a must-try dish! Served with a side of spaghetti marinara, it’s the perfect comfort food year-round… especially in the winter. A great alternative for those who don’t eat meat, and just as filling.

Pairs perfectly with: southern Italian and Sicilian red wines.


If you’re looking for a delicious Italian meal in San Marcos to keep you warm on cold Central Texas winter day, be sure to stop by Italian Garden for a delicious meal that will fill you up. It’s BYOB, so take a look at our Italian food menu and decide on what you want ahead of time so you can bring in a wine that will pair perfectly with your meal!