Italian cuisine is amongst the world’s best regarding taste and variety. There are many popular Italian dishes you can taste as you make your way from North to South.
In this article, we feature the top 5 traditional Italian dishes to taste on your trips while visiting this historic country.
White Truffles in San Miniato
San Miniato might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of truffles, but this picturesque Tuscan town is not only known for its middle ages history, Medieval squares, cobbled streets, and beautiful cathedrals like “The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta”, but also for its truffle hunting tradition, especially the white truffles.
The white truffle consists of an underground fungus that grows in some special regions depending on the fauna and geological characteristics.
Some of the best traditional recipes with white truffles are amongst others: White Truffle-based eggs or Stracciatella with San Miniato White Truffle.
Spaghetti Carbonara in Rome
There is no better place to taste delicious Spaghetti Carbonara than Rome.
There are many variants of this special Italian dish, such as vegetable carbonara, chorizo carbonara, or carbonara with bacon, however, the classic Spaghetti Carbonara from Roman cuisine consists of spaghetti, fried guanciale, pecorino romano cheese mixed with black pepper, and eggs.
Although Rome is one of the best places to eat Carbonara, some believe its origins are Neapolitan, when an American soldier travelled to Italy in 1944, making it a very popular recipe throughout Italy. However, other theories believe this dish originated from the Romans.
Nevertheless, and whatever its provenance is, one thing is sure, this creamy and tasty meal is worth the try!
From Rome, we travel to Naples, in southern Italy, where you should not miss tasting its exquisite Neapolitan Pizza.
The classic Neapolitan Pizza, as its name suggests, comes from Naples and it’s traditionally served with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese, also known as Margherita.
The traditional ingredients include not only tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, but also basil and extra virgin olive oil, all cooked in a wood-fired oven to make a crispy taste.
There are different versions of Neapolitan – style pizza, including Margherita, Marinara, and Margherita extra.
Carne Salada: Salted meat
Carne Salada is a popular Italian dish that originated in the region of Trentino. It is believed that its origins date back to the 15th century.
What makes this gourmet dish so special is its delicate preparation. The Beef, after being degreased and mixed with salt and herbs, is then left for a few weeks in a dark room, where it will be rubbed every three days and eventually will obtain a salty taste.
Each one has its particular preferences when tasting carne salada: grilled, with beans, with a potato pie, or served as carpaccio style… but they are all delicious.
Bread, made with flour, olive oil, yeast, water and salt, the delicious Schiacciata is very popular in the Italian region of Tuscany, especially in Florence.
Whether you try this fantastic bread with cheese or salami, as a snack or during your lunch and dinner, we promise you will enjoy its delightful taste very much!
We hope you enjoyed our Italian dishes quick guide, we will be bringing you more tasty ideas, stay tuned.
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