My sisters idea of 'italian' food and mediterranian diet was lots of whole grains (bagels, breads, pizza, lasagne and spaghetti) all cooked in olive oil (which turns rancid when heated) and lots of tomatos (nightshade family).
The mediterranian diet as advertised in america and central europe (not italy, spain or east coast of france) is actually very toxic and unhealthy and will eventually lead to several health problems later in life.
My sister (who lives in germany and followed the so called mediterranian diet for the past 20 years) is fat, lost most of her hair, has brittle teeth, aching joints with arthritis, cartilage completely broken down, lower back aches, lump in breast, swollen thyroid, allergies out the yinyang and is pre-diabetic.
Just eat PRIMAL and instead of eating a lot of red meat, just eat a lot of fish and a ton of salads...and that would be your italian cuisine.
With that, you could make your cheat a slice of multi-grain bread once a week (no wheat) and baked with butter, not oil.