On our recent trip to Italy, I was anticipating the incredibly delicious, flavorful food.
Here are my tips to eating well in Italy.
The pizza is far superior. It’s all about minimal ingredients.
Get pizza from a walk-up window on an off-the-beaten-path street.
Wine is cheaper than soft drinks, and sometimes water. There’s no wine list- it’s just what the local vineyard produces.
Start with Prosecco.
Italian vineyards are beautiful.
They tend to serve animals, especially seafood whole.
Italy still does multi-course tasting menus.
Pasta is always the first course.
Then comes meat. Lots of it.
Gelato is everywhere. Eat it. Many times a day.
Restaurants are small and full of character.
Visit small pasticcerias, where you’ll find an abundance of artisan foods from spices to breads to cheeses and chocolates.
Open air markets sell the freshest local vegetables, fruits and meats daily. Spend one night cooking from the food you find there.