You are here: Home » For Moms » Host a Classic Italian Dinner for Your Family Host a Classic Italian Dinner for Your Family For Moms http://relish.com/articles/host-a-classic-italian-dinner-for-your-family/ by Karen BermanJuly 12, 2013 Take your family on dinnertime Italian vacation with this kid-friendly menu. Photograph by Jessica Merchant http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/creamy-polenta-with-garden-tomato-sauce-and-sausage-5.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint There’s a lot more to Italy than pizza and pasta. There’s also polenta. Corn was brought to Italy from the Americas by early European explorers, and it quickly became a staple, especially in hard times. Italian cooks transformed it into cornmeal, or polenta, and served it as a creamy mush or fried in chunks. Here it’s a creamy puddle for a fresh tomato sauce with sausage. But we’re not foregoing pasta altogether. Our manicotti is stuffed with ricotta and topped with another fresh tomato sauce. Whichever entrée you choose, start with the Fruity Granita, so it will be ready for dessert. —By Karen Berman, a food writer in Fairfield, Conn. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Creamy Polenta with Garden Tomato Sauce and Sausage This polenta is soft and delicious, topped with luscious tomato sauce and plenty of sausage. Simple Sautéed Greens Italian cooks know that olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt can elevate just about any ingredient into something special. Cheese and Zucchini Stuffed Manicotti When summer squash and tomatoes are in full swing, make this kid-friendly pasta dish. Fruity Granita Granita is Italian for “grain,” and the word “grainy” perfectly describes the texture of this style of Italian ice.