Around the World in 13 Dumplings Slideshow

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Italy: Ravioli

We’ll start with perhaps the world’s most famous filled dumpling: ravioli. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, the earliest references to ravioli appear in the writings of a Venetian merchant named Francesco di Marco dating to the 1300s. The earliest recipes fill dough with blanched green herbs and fresh cheese, and don’t vary much from what you’ll find in Italian restaurants nowadays. Today, most ravioli are produced in factories and sold frozen, but plenty of Italian artisans and home cooks alike still prepare them in the traditional way.