Planning a trip to Italy? Prepare for the indulgent taste of authentic Italian pizza, pasta, and the creamy gelato melting in your mouth. Yes, this would soon be a very real experience for you if you are heading to Italy. But let`s be specific. Which are the foods you should try while in one of the world`s top gastronomy destinations?
1. Local pizza and pasta
Do you know a person who hates pizza? Really? What kind of person is it? In case you`re not one of those weirdos, definitely go for the simple and traditional Margherita that is believed to originate from Naples. Prepare for an extraordinary one to leave a dreamy aftertaste with its signature toppings of basil, olive oil, garlic, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Pasta is another local food you shouldn`t miss trying. It is available in different tastes depending on the region. If you happen to be in Rome, try pasta alla carbonara that is made of eggs, Pecorino cheese, guanciale (Italian meat variety made of pork cheeks) and black pepper.
Alternatively, have some Tuscany originating gigli pasta that is usually eaten with thick creamy sauces. For a full guide on Italian pasta types by region check out the article published by Spoon University.
You may have tried lasagne before, but the one in Italy will make you fall in love with this dish. It is said that lasagne comes from Naples and is usually made with meat, vegetables, cheese and pasta layers. The sauces are different but usually tomato, bechamel or ragù sauce. In my opinion, the latter is the best option. But beware, once you try it, you`ll no longer like the lasagna served in your home country.
This one is not so popular as pizza, pasta, and lasagna. But “what is it”, you may ask. And why order it instead of pizza?
Imagine the taste of fried rice balls that are stuffed with the ragù, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and peas. Still, just like pizza and pasta arancini`s recipes can vary depending on the region. Trust the Italians and let them prepare it for you the way they prefer it. It will taste good, guaranteed!
Ribollita used to be the food of the poor people. Bon Appetour quotes an old saying about the dish that was believed to be created by servants. They collected leftovers from their masters and boiled them to make a meal. Prepared by using bread and vegetables, the ribollita is typical for the Tuscany region.
Hope you saved some space for dessert. Italian gelato is world-famous for its creamy texture and delightful taste. So, why not having one (or two) on a sunny afternoon? For some inspiration on where to find the best gelato in Italy, check out the Walks of Italy article.
Travel, eat and share your experiences! We welcome any comments, pictures of you enjoying Italian food or other recommendations! Enjoy! 🙂