Italy is known for many things, especially in the context of holidays. When people think of holidays in Italy, they think of glorious art museums. Or luxurious gondola rides. Many will think especially of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
But in this article, we’re going to be looking at something else. Something the Italians do extremely well. And that, my friend, is food. Of course, this could be said about many countries in Europe. The trick, of course, is to find out what it is they do better than any others.
Sometimes, this means consuming some of the food and wine you may already be familiar with. Many people will try to go for really exotic dishes, things with names they can barely pronounce to the waiter. But a great test of a country’s prowess when it comes to cuisine is to test its ability to make things you’re familiar with.
Don’t assume you’ve tried the best of any of these until you’ve tried them in Italy!
You may have seen some places in your hometown serving both gelato and ice cream. Many people don’t really know the difference. Nor do they take the time to appreciate the difference when they’re eating it! It’s not just the Italian word for “ice cream”.
Gelato has more of an “elastic” texture. It’s churned slower to keep it denser (a lot of ice cream is just air). It can also be a healthier choice as it has less fat content than ice cream.
Italy is certainly famous for its wines. Chianti wine is Italy’s most famous variation. The “Chianti region” is known to be Tuscany, as this is where the signature grapes are grown. If you’re looking for things to do in Florence, you could go on a luxurious Tuscan wine tour!
Ever wonder why a lot of the coffee you can buy at home has the word “Italian” in their names or descriptions? It’s because coffee producers all over the world wish to emulate the rich taste of the Italian stuff. The most famous delivery method for this stuff is in a shot of espresso, known as caffee. It’s deep, dark, and gives you one heck of a buzz!
No, I didn’t get the words the wrong way round. Outside of Italy, people usually call it a Margherita pizza. But in Italy, it’s a pizza Margherita. And if you think you know the Margherita, think again. Too many people think it’s the “plain” pizza option. Not so. In Italy, pretty much every food business has its own special sauce it uses on these pizzas. It’s one of the best ways to experience the unique sauce flavours of Italy.
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