Italy is absolutely bursting with endless locations to indulge in delicious Italian cuisine. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the food on offer in Italy, and the exceptional delicacies are unforgettable. Mouthwatering pasta dishes, tantalising gelato, or a spot of Limoncello is only the start of an unforgettable food journey curated just for you.
Roman cuisine is loved for being exceedingly flavorful and simple yet satisfying. If it’s modern Italian dining that you’re after, look no further than Roscioli. The menu is fresh and inspiring, with delicate plates like smoked swordfish carpaccio and king prawns made with burrata cheese and mullet eggs.
A true Italian treat is rich, delicious gelato. Otaleg’s creamy all-natural gelato is made from high-quality ingredients like Valrhona chocolate, bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans and hazelnuts. It’s simply a must visit if you are exploring Rome and want to treat yourself!
Visit the Fontanone or another scenic overlook on the Janiculum Hill, then head over to Litro for some refreshment. This cafe and wine bar pours natural wines with light snacks and a few hot dishes that change regularly. Litro is a popular spot for aperitivo in the early evenings, and has a fully stocked bar specialising in Italian liqueurs and mezcal.
One of the most famous digestivi, or afterdinner drinks in Italy is limoncello. It is also the pride and joy of Italy’s Campania and Liguria regions. If you’re in the Cinque Terre or Amalfi coast, don’t miss trying a tipple of gorgeously sweet limoncello! Better yet, visit a limoncello factory. They’re scattered all over Sorrento, Amalfi and the Cinque Terre, and that’s where you can not only watch the concoction be made, but sample it for yourself. The delicious flavours of limoncello in this region are unique and bursting with flavour, owing to the different altitudes at which the lemons are grown. Although a wet region, due to the slope of the land, these lemons receive varying quantities of water and as a result produce unique flavours.
Just shy of the stunning Amalfi Coast is the city of Naples, which is a food lover’s dream city! Possibly the most famous dish to come out of Naples is the Margherita pizza, created especially to celebrate queen Margherita of Savoy. Ripe red San Marzano tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and vivid green basil form the famous Margherita – equally wonderful in a high end ristorante or a cosy trattoria.
If you are a seafood lover, then Naples will be the perfect spot for you to visit. Among the seafood restaurants of the classy Chiaia waterfront district, you’re certain to find another local speciality: spaghetti alle vongole. A simple yet mouthwatering Italian classic that combines spaghetti or linguine with clams for an elegant pasta dish you will surely love.
Bologna has some of Italy’s best food, but it’s curiously off the radar for many tourists. Bologna is where tortellini and tortelloni originated – not to mention tagliatelle al ragù, a gorgeous meat ragu served over fresh ribbons of silky pasta. Dive into the maze of medieval lanes of Quadrilatero off Piazza Maggiore, where market stalls and cafés are tucked under arches and offer a tantalising introduction to the city’s cuisine.
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This article originally appeared in the Inspirations Winter 2019 Edition.