Speaking about Italian vegetarian recipes, it's interesting to admit that some of the country's regions aren't effectively vegetarian nowadays (especially several segments of rural and urban populations). This fact was extremely noticed before the Second World War. One of the common reasons of such situation was poverty which was called simply Miseria (or misery). According to the Italian history the country's farmers who were charged with cultivation of distant estates lived there almost the whole year and used to return home to their families every two or three weeks.
Nowadays the situation is much better. Many people enjoy Italian vegetarian recipes (including those living outside the country). It's worthy mentioning that Italy has got a vegetarian society which was founded in March 1996 with the purpose of make Italian citizens aware of what vegetarianism is. The first step to be taken for setting up the vegetarian network was the bulletin collecting the reports both from Italian and international mass-media (newspapers and magazines). The mentioned reports contained the articles written by the members of vegetarian society and answering letters and various requests for the data sent in by the members from different regions from all over Italy.
As a matter of fact, Italian vegetarian society has several subsidiary groups in the country. The mentioned subsidiaries are considered to be active on some account. However, they must agree to collaborate on various practical measures (including distribution of leaflets and material to the general public, participating in demonstrations against animal cruelty, printing Italian vegetarian recipes, etc.). At the moment, Italian vegetarian society has drawn its summary of the philosophy and ethics held by both Italian and international vegetarians around the world.
Speaking about Italian vegetarian recipes, it's interesting to take into consideration that Italian cuisine offers much opportunities to vegetarians all over the country. Nevertheless, Italian media is often strongly affected by the meat trade and frequently misleads the community.
In spite of the fact that there's Italian vegetarian society meat consumption is pretty high. But dieticians and medical experts still say it's necessary for health (in the outmoded way). The job of this society is to explode this extremely old-fashioned myth and give more space to its members for communicating and expressing themselves.
It's interesting to admit that if you visit Italy in summer or in any other season of the year then you'll definitely find several hints for vegetarians and some useful Italian vegetarian recipes. The most well-known of them are vegetarian pizza and vegetarian lasagna. The basic ingredients for these meals are frozen mixed vegetables, onion, olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, beaten eggs, drained and cooked lasagna noodles. As for vegetarian pizza, it may have different coverings with various vegetables and species.