One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Italy is… FOOD. Who doesn’t love the simplicity and iconic flavours of Italian food? When you are walking through the streets of Bangkok, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, or Mexico City, the likelihood of finding a place serving some type of Italian restaurant is strong. Whilst Italian restaurants are everywhere, the best and most authentic Italian food will only be found in Italy!

Italian Countryside

Italian cuisine, synonymous with the freshest ingrediants, served with delicious wines…

So as you sit back and enjoy an Italian holiday with Elegant Resorts, there’s no way that you miss out on the chance to sample the very best of Italian gastronomic fayre. Pizza and pasta are almost too obvious in terms of choice, given their worldwide appeal but whilst gallivanting through Italian cities such as Verona, Milan, Rome, Turin etc, you’ll find a huge amount of local delicacies and Italian specials that you can stuff your face with!

Risotto
A popular dish all over the country, but especially in Venice. It’s often served as a primo. It’s a rice dish cooked in a broth, but it’s far from a soup, it’s a creamy dish that can have a number of things added to it. Butter (never cream), parmesan cheese, and onion are the basis of the dish Throw in some veggies or meat to make it more vibrant and delicious. Risotto ai funghi is with mushrooms, risotto al tartufo bianco is with black truffle, and risotto ai frutti di mare is with seafood. Just to name a few of the varieties.

Ravioli
Now this might bring back some childhood memories, especially if your mother was super busy and threw in a can of raviolis in the microwave for your lunch. Well, these raviolis will be nothing like that, at all. The most popular and heavenly raviolis are made with cheese and spinach. Nothing beats the delicately cooked pasta that easily breaks in your mouth and then oozes out the scrumptious filling.

If you know Italians, you know they take pride in their prosciutto. Thin slices of pork, the finest around, are often ate wrapped around some cheese, or perhaps with some melon. It’s also common to find it scattered in your pasta dish.

 

Italians love their pasta, so gnocchi is of course on this list. This flour dumpling is a nice change to the typical pasta, and definitely more filling. A vegetarian sauce, or meat sauce is usually poured on top and a hefty serving of some of the finest cheese tops it for a fantastic meal.

So you have a sweet tooth, do you? Well, so do the Italians, no worries there. You absolutely must have a slice, or five, of tiramisu. This will beat the imitation at your local restaurant by a mile for sure. A coffee soaked sponge cake with mascarpone cheese. Simple? Yes. Delicious? You bet. So I hope you saved some room.

 

Are you more of an ice cream person? That’s perfecto! You’re in the country of heavenly gelato. Italy’s famous ice cream. Choose your flavor and perhaps never go back to regular ice cream ever again. The texture of this dessert is softer than your typical ice cream, so you might be tempted to have an extra scoop, which is totally acceptable and understandable. Don’t forget to have a cup of Italian coffee with the dessert of your choice too.

Further resources on Italian food:

DeLallo
The Italian Dish Blog
Jamie Oliver’s Italian Website