Italian for oven, a la forno is used to describe food baked in the oven. So that would include all of our favorites: pizzas, breads, and many pasta dishes. Lasagna a dish commonly associated with being al forno. Because lasagna is cooked twice — once boiled, and then baked — it is difficult to produce al dente results. But that’s okay because there’s crispy, browned mozzarella on top. 

The brick oven has become a symbol of the forno and is put to the best possible use when firing up wood-oven pizzasSorry, fried pizza.  

Use today’s Word of the Day: Creamy Artichoke Lasagna Bake Recipe

And for more of our favorite culinary Italian terminology, check out 100 Italian Food/Drink Words and Phrases.