Italy is a foodie’s paradise mainly because the Italians like to use the freshest local products when preparing their dishes.
Traditional Italian food is known to most people around the globe but tasting it in Italy, where recipes have been handed down for generations and the ingredients were probably picked yesterday, just a mile away, is a whole new experience!
Apart from prepared dishes be sure to try the olive oil, wine, fresh mushrooms, Italian cheese, garlic and Italian pesto.
Italian food you must try
Any variety will be delicious but the carbonara made with egg yolks, guanciale and pecorino, served with rigatoni is divine, especially when eaten in Rome.
Make sure you’re eating the pasta which has been freshly made on the premises and explore all the shapes and sizes of pasta as well as the traditional sauces – you’ll discover the many forms the humble pasta can take and the individual flavored sauces depending on what part of Italy you’re in.
You’ll find gelato shops serving creamy ice-cream on almost every corner of every street in Rome and most of Italy. The flavors are vast and the rich treat is piled high in the display cabinets showing a rainbow of colors.
Enjoy your gelato in a waffle cone or a tub. The gelato is delicious because of the high quality ingredients used, and no calorie counting is taken into consideration when the gelato is created!
You’ll discover that pizza comes in many forms and mainly in squares (pizza al taglio), but can be in triangles or circles! Try the Pizza Bianca, a white pizza made using thick, fluffy focaccia bread as the base.
In Rome you’ll find thin crust pizza and in Naples there is a thick bread base. A good pizza should be baked in a wood oven and they can be piled high with fresh vegetables, meat and basically anything else.
Italy produces the best truffles in the world so why not try them here, even better see if you can join a group hunting for truffles. Truffles grow in the Piedmonte and Umbria regions, here you can also find truffle festivals.
The most famous truffle festival is the White Truffle Festival of Alba. They are extremely expensive due to their rarity. Truffles grow, like mushrooms, but beneath the ground and attached to a tree’s roots. One truffle is produced a year from each fungi and the flavor of the truffle varies according to the tree it grows on.
You can try the white truffles (the most precious) or black truffles and enjoy the delicacy in its country of origin – because of its price truffles are often added in sparse quantities and you can find them on the menus of only the finest restaurants.
Trippa, may sound like an unlikely candidate for this list but for that reason it is here, it is unusual to foreigners! The stomach lining of a cow’s first stomach is cooked very slowly and served in a tomato or meat sauce it can also be made into a stew – tripe became a popular dish because it is cheap, but today it is a respected item on classy restaurants.
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