Eating and tasting new flavors is one of the best things when traveling in Italy. Sun-kissed Italian recipes are dolce vita on the plate. You should not limit yourself to pizza and gelato. There are a lot of terrific, lesser-known dishes that you should try on your next trip to Italy.
Lasagna is a traditional Italian dish and one of the world’s oldest pasta recipe, made by alternating layers of pasta, meat, sauce and cheese. Although there are a lot of different variations, the classic Lasagne Alla Bolognese remains the most popular. It is made with classic meet based Bolognese sauce, Bechamel sauce and Parmigiano cheese. You may be sure that Lasagna is one of the most delicious dishes Italy has to offer.
This is one of the most delicious and popular types of bread. It's found in Genoa, a village along the Italian Riviera. Focaccia is flatbread baked on the hearth, and it is a combination of soft and hard wheat flour, yeast, salt, water, and very high quality extra virgin olive oil. It is also very often flavored with herbs, like garlic, dried tomato, and basil.
Just like the tapas in Spain, Cicchetti is small plates of food, served in traditional wine bars. It can be anything from artichoke heart to bite-sized creamed cod. Traditionally accompanied with a small glass of wine, Cicchetti bars are like a breath of Italian air, offering you the authentic taste of local cuisine.
This dish is one of the top reasons why you will love Italy. You should not miss out the Italian pasta. While staying Italy, be sure to try the regional pasta specialties in the cities that you are exploring.
For example, if you are visiting exceptional Rome, you must order pasta Alla carbonara, prepared with eggs, Pecorino cheese, Italian meet called guanciale and black pepper. In Bologna, you should try the pasta al ragù, and in Genoa be sure to taste the pasta al pesto, prepared with a special selection of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and the best Parmigiano cheese.
Tiramisu is one of the best know desserts in Italy. It is light and creamy with ingredients like ladyfingers, coffee, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder and traditional mascarpone cheese. There are some varieties such as fruit tiramisu, vanilla or Nutella tiramisu.
Of course, this is a completely subjective selection. Feel free to add some of your favorite Italian dishes in the comments below.