When we say “Italian Food”, a bubble pops into our heads and it says “pizza and pasta”. Of course, these are like an icon for this country’s cuisine, but Italian food means more than that.
Italian cuisine has a great variety of different ingredients which are commonly used, ranging from fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats etc. Each region has its own food tradition. For example, in the North of Italy, the most common ingredients are potatoes, rice, sausages, fish and different types of cheese while in Southern Italy, tomatoes, olives, ricotta cheese, eggplants, certain types of fish (sardines and tuna) and capers are important components to the local cuisine.
Margherita- The Star
One of the most famous Italian dishes is Pizza Margherita. Its name comes from Queen Margherita, who asked the most talented pizzaiolo (pizza-maker) to prepare pizzas for her and her husband (King Umberto I). One of this was made with tomato, mozzarella and basil ( a tribute to Italian colors). Queen Margherita liked this pizza so much she wanted to praise the pizzaiolo in writing, and he therefore named his pizza after her.
Is it all about food?
The culinary history of Italy established a reputation more than 2,000 years ago and it still continues to “update” its receipes everyday.
In order to enjoy a complete experience, near your food plate should be a glass of wine. Italy is one of the largest producers of wine nowadays and is home to the oldest wine producing regions in the world. As it is known, Italy is one of the countries that produce the finest wine. Like the ingredients, different regions have their different type of wine, for example: Corvino-Veneto, Negroamaro-Puglia, Sagrantino-Umbria and many others.
So, for a 5 stars meal, all you need is some curiosity. They do the rest!