Italy is one of my favourite countries in the entire world and I’m not just saying that because I am Italian. It really and truly is one of the best countries in the world. Not only is the food great, but there is ancient history around every corner, rolling green hills that fill the country side and crystal clear water that simply takes your breath away.
There’s one thing that is an absolute must in Italy and that’s eating of course! Italy is home to the best food in the world. So do as the Romans do and check out my list of what you must eat when you travel to Italy.
Please note carbs are your friend, not your enemy (when you’re travelling that is).
No one goes to Italy without eating pizza! Try a traditional wood fired pizza in the heart of Rome from just 8 Euro during the winter season. Italian pizza flavours are very simple and limited at a maximum of around 3 or 4 ingredients. Why not be a little more adventurous and try the calzone? It’s like a giant pizza-pocket!
Gelato is a must, regardless of whether you’re travelling to Italy in winter or you’re there in the summer. Traditional gelato is lemon sorbet, eaten after a meal to clean the pallet. Try some after dinner but don’t forget to dig into other flavours like Nutella. Italy did invent the delicious chocolate spread after all!
Pasta made the way Nonna makes it is a meal that warms the heart. Dig into delicious tomato-based spaghetti and meatballs, creamy fettuccini or penne al dente. Pasta is a cheap dish that is sure to keep you full for longer. Enjoy pasta for lunch and explore Rome without having to worry about stopping for snacks – unless of course you want to stop for snacks (which you know you do).
My absolute favourite dessert is a must-eat when you’re in Italy! Whether you’re a traditional vanilla fan like myself or you prefer the chocolate filling, cannoli is the best custard biscuit treat ever! You’ll find these in Venice and southern parts of Italy so keep an eye out! They sell for around 4 Euro each.
Italy is great at making biscuits so be sure to dig into some biscotti while you’re there. The biscuit comes in a range of flavours and tastes best when dunk into coffee which brings me to my last must-eat, or drink I should say.
Coffee and hot chocolate
Italians love their coffee so drink up! Just be careful when ordering the short black because they like their coffee strong in this part of the world. If you’re not a big coffee drinker or you want to limit the amount you consume (wise choice), may I suggest the absolute best hot chocolate in the entire world! Venice simply melts chocolate down into a liquid which you can purchase in shot form for a couple of Euro. It is absolutely delicious! And best of all, if you don’t drink it fast enough the chocolate will set and form the perfect eating chocolate.
So get your appetite ready and head over to Italy! It’s a great country to explore, filled with brilliant food and even better desserts.
What’s your favourite Italian food?