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Italians like Popeye like it a lot, on pasta, or in it (the green-coloured tagliatelle, spaghetti, etc. are made with spinach), or stuffed inside it, as a common filling for tortellini or capelletti. Plain spinach, steamed, boiled or sautéed with oil and lemon is a popular side dish. Baby spinach is spinacino.

With ricotta, it's also used as a filling for pies and pastries.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by pizzodisevo 1937