You can ask plenty of Italians where to find the greatest food while in Italy, and you will normally hear it's where they live. Italian cuisine is regional, so each region will have their own flavors and cooking methods that you won't find in other areas, and that usually makes them right. If you happen to be searching for the greatest Italian food, then travel to the Italian countryside. It is garden fresh country ingredients that are cooked with passion and time. You will certainly find that bustling restaurants on an empty street is an ultimate joy that should always be repeated.
Besides the majestic and endless country side, you may ask where you need to go in order to find the best Italian food? We believe that each area has the greatest food in all of Italy. Travel Italy's entirety and you will certainly find, and even be able to treat yourself with the best Italian meal that you will never forget.
Travel to Adige where the local food is creamy, rich and will certainly warm you on a cold night. The pasta bows down to the polenta, risotto and the meats are influenced by the French and Germans. But, do not be fooled, it isn't just meat and potatoes here in Northern Italy. If you are searching for fish, travel to Liguria and Veneto, where the seaside will offer you specialties of fresh fish, such as calamari with potatoes or perhaps you long for something with more flavor such as the pesto genovese, a green basil sauce from Linguria.
Enjoy the truffles of Northern Italy
Emilia-Romagna is known and loved for the flavorful Italian food. It is located just above Tuscany, and touches the majestic Adriatic Sea. This region is known for the farms that have been producing the amazing cheeses and meats that are enjoyed throughout Italy. This is where mortadella, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, parmiggiano-reggiano cheese, and more originate. The region's capital, Bologna, is one of the best places where you can have some of the greatest food in all of Italy.
Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Tuscany, and Le Marche make up the central regions in Italy. If you are searching for steak, then you certainly want to spend as much time as you can in Tuscany, where you can eat bistecca alla fiorentina – a large, grilled t-bone steak that come from the local maremma cows. The mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Le Marche, have some of the best game that helps to create some of the best local dishes. The olive ascolane, olives that are stuffed with meat, and then fried is a specialty dish in Le Marche, it is also served with pane fitta, squares of fried cream. The combination may not sound too appetizing, but it is actually addicting. Abruzzo is known for their arrosticini, which are lamb skewers that are cooked on a flame.
Traditionally, the working class Roman cuisine is the best in Lazio. There is pasta that's served with every meal, and the two classic sauces, amatriciana – a tomato based sauce that contains onions and pancetta, and the carbonara – an egg based sauce that is made with pancetta as well. If you are feeling adventurous, you need to try the offal dishes like alla vaccinara or ox tail stewed in tomato sauce.
As you head south, you will notice that the food becomes more of what you may be accustomed to it being. When you head to the Mediterranean you find olive oil, fruit, fish, vegetables, and pasta. You can find Italy's best pizzas in Naples. This chaotic city gave birth to pizza. Unlike the thin and crispy type that are part of the Roman variety, the pizza's in Naples consist of a thicker crust and are normally topped with tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala. The surrounding area of Campania, is known for the famous mozzarella di bufala, which can be purchased at local farms where it is freshly made.
You can find some of the best foods in Calabria, Puglia, and Basilicata that pivot around pasta, this is where most of the durum and semolina that are used to make it comes from. If you travel to Calabria, be sure to watch out for perponcino, or spicy pepper that is used to flavor everything, especially the nduja, a super-spicy and fatty pork spread. These areas also have some of the best fish in Italy.
Travel to Sicily where there is more than 2,000 years of history of conquerors, the food is some of the most variable, and it is for this reason that it is considered best. The Busiate with pesto trapanese – a tomato based pesto from Trapani, Sicily, has amazing flavors that will make your mouth water. The strong Italian flavors tend to dominate the island's sweet and salty dishes. The abundance of local street food will be found everywhere, and some of the local favorites are the chickpea-flour fritters also called panelle, and deep fried rice balls. The salty and strong flavored anchovies are to be found on everything from pasta to pizza. Sicily is even know for having some of the best deserts around the world. You can finish a hearty meal with a cannoli or a piece of cassata, a very rich filled sponge cake that is filled with ricotta and topped with marzipan.
It doesn't matter where you go in Italy, the food is always great, as well as the dishes that you find in hidden streets, or in bustling towns.