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Tasting the rich food tradition of Italy!

One of the reasons why Italy is such a beloved country is its outstanding culinary tradition. Italian cuisine dates really back in time and it has been subjected to several changes through history. Since Italy is a big and diverse country the culinary options offered through it are uncountable! The main ingredients of each Italian region might differ. However, particular ingredients that are directly linked to the Italian cuisine are olive oil, pasta, vinegar, parmigianno, prosciutto, basil & types of cheese. The three cities known for their rich gastronomy tradition are Rome, Naples and Florence.

Food Travel Tips

Italy is known for its top-notch wine production and export, as you will notice some of the best wines globally known originate from Italy.
Even though Wine is the local product of Italy, there has been observed a big increase on Irish-style pubs in every major Italian town serving all types of beer from all over the world.
Milan introduced a new trend the latest years, the so-called Happy Hour & a lot of bars have started offering fixed-priced cocktails during these hours accompanied by a free & usually good buffet menu.
The Italians tend to go out in the evening for a drink, usually before dinner, which is called aperitif.
Good to Know; Even though water in Italy is generally safe to drink, tap water in some Italian destinations might look cloudy with a weird taste. So, it is recommended to prefer bottle water!
Coffee is an integral part of the Italian culture and when you order cafe in Italy, espresso is what you will be served! That's why the first thing one might think when thinking about Italian coffee is this small and strong cup of coffee.
The food options of Florence range from gourmet restaurants to take away food. However, keep in mind that restaurants have different food prices if you sit on a table rather than take it on delivery
When you visit Naples, don't miss to try pizza Margherita, the original recipe that is made with fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a little olive oil. So simple yet so delicious!
Rome is one of the few cities in the world featuring its own culinary tradition, in addition to the food culture of the country itself.
Southern Italy's local cuisine is based mainly on tomatoes, olives, garlic, artichokes, eggplants, zucchini and some types of fish.
Each Italian area features its own specialties, like in Northern Italy you will find mainly fish dishes while in Central Italy, the local recipes mainly include tomatoes and pecorino cheese.
The simplicity of the Italian cuisine is mainly due to the fact that the local chefs believe in quality and not quantity, as well as the difficult times that Italian people had to endure to survive.
Italian cuisine is distinguished for its regional diversity thus you will notice several differences on the local gastronomy of each region.

The Best Hotels with Restaurants in Italy

Most of the 5-star and boutique hotels in Italy feature gastronomy restaurants or even wineries offering exceptional wine-tasting and gastronomic experiences always combined with views over the sea, the mountains or vibrant city landscapes.
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