THE ULTIMATE FOOD GUIDE ON YOUR ITALY TOUR
Italy is the ultimate food lover's paradise. Of course, an Italian food tour is many people's idea of heaven, and rightfully so. The region's diverse delicacies – from fabulous pasta and crisp pizzas to creamy risottos and scrumptious seafood – can sweep off the feet of even the most fastidious fellows. But, besides the quintessential pasta and pizza, an Italian culinary tour offers a lot more. In this article, we will cover the three best places in Italy to enjoy different gourmet dishes.
THE THREE BEST PLACES IN ITALY TO ENJOY GOURMET DISHES
To begin with, it is essential to note that there is no unified Italian cuisine. Instead, Italian food encompasses almost twenty different regional cuisines, with the common element being that they are equally drool-worthy.
Street food in Sicily
All around Italy, street food is to die for; however, Sicily stands out! Sicilian food is one of Italy's most exotic, exciting, and genuinely Mediterranean. The island has been occupied multiple times, and the remnants of Tunisian, Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman culture are all present in its cuisine. Sicilian street food specialities, such as brioche con gelato – which is a buttery roll stuffed with your favourite creamy treat, sfincione – a fire-oven delicacy of soft bready crust soaked with herby tomatoes and sprinkled with breadcrumbs and dried oregano, or stigghiola – which is skewered lamb intestines crisps, will automatically teleport you to heaven. In addition, Marsala Wine, an exotic desert wine from the far west of Sicily, is a must-try concoction. Thus, any Italian itinerary is incomplete without savouring the best of Sicily's scrumptious cuisine.
Pizza in Naples
Naples is one of the best places in Italy to enjoy pizza. The quintessential dish we all associate with Italian culinary artistry was, in fact, invented in Naples in the early 19th century. It is also where the famous Margherita Pizza was invented when pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito cooked a simple pizza for the Queen of Italy. It was topped with tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves to emulate the hues of the Italian flag. When in Naples, do not forget to visit Antica Pizzeria Da Michele – one of the city's oldest pizza joints that serves some of the best pizzas in the whole of Italy. Other Neopolitan delicacies you must try include mozzarella de bufala and sfogliatella.
Truffles of Tuscany and Bistecca alla Fiorentina of Florence
One of the best places in Italy to indulge in the Italian White Gold - that is - truffles - is the Tuscan countryside. Another heavenly Tuscan dish is ribollita, which is the cramming of leftovers with stale bread and cannallini beans as the staple ingredients. Likewise, Florence's most famous dish – bistecca alla Fiorentina – is a 'beastly' piece of delicious T-bone steak cooked rare. When in Italy, it would be blasphemy to bail out on this mouth-watering main course. Moreover, the Chianti wine region is near the south of Florence and can be a fine accompaniment to your hearty Tuscan meals.
So, there we have it, the three best places in Italy to enjoy diverse yet drool-worthy food.
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