Common foods in Italy:
Common foods in Italy, some interesting facts:
So we know the Italians eat a lot of Pasta but did you know the average Italian consumes around 30kg (63 pounds) of pasta a year?!
Pre packed preserved bottled tinned cartooned and precooked food may be common in this age of consumerism and globalization but in Italy the traditional food markets flourish as fresh produce is essential and non-negotiable for the exquisite Italian recipes.
Common foods in Italy: The cuisine of Lazio (Rome's province)
It is said that the food of Rome represents the Roman lifestyle; flavors are strong, uncompromising, full of zest and simply wonderful.
Some popular starters are Supplì, fried rice croquettes with a mozzarella interior; fiori di zucca, flower of courgette or zucchini stuffed with cheese and an anchovy; olive ascolane, fried olive with a meat interior; baccalà, fried fillets of stock fish.
Saltimbocca alla Romana,
are slices of veal with 'prosciutto crudo' (raw ham) rolled and skewered.
Common foods in Italy: Campania (Naples' province)
To say the Neapolitans enjoy their tomato and pizza is an understatement of the year! This is the land where Pizza was invented, they are proud of this fact and are not impressed with the "inferior" thinner crispier Roman pizza that has no thick edges. (I myself prefer the Roman pizza, ahem...)
Some common starters are: crocchette di patate, mashed potato mixed with parmesan and then deep fried; impepata di cozze, mussels fried in olive and garlic and seasoned with pepper.
Zuppa Napoletana, a soup consisting of offal with onions and tomatoes.
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Common foods in Italy: Sicilian cuisine
Due to the Arab domination of Sicily for so many years the Sicilian cuisine is probably the most diverse cuisine in Italy.
Some Sicilian starters are: Arancine di riso, deep fried large balls of rice with a bolognaise and peas filling, Polpette di ricotta, fried balls of ricotta cheese, calamari ripieni, calamari stuffed with crumbed bread and fish and cooked in the oven.
Pasta con Sarde, pasta with anchovies and fennel.
Common foods in Italy: Piemontese cuisine (Turin's region)
Due to its proximity the French influence is notable in Piemontese cuisine.
Some typical Piemontese starters: Bagna caoda, a type of fondue (fonduta) where you dip crostini (croutons) and vegetables into a tomato and anchovy base (instead of cheese).
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Common foods in Italy: Lombard cuisine (Milan's region)
The Milanese have very few dishes of their own most being borrowed from other Italian regions. Pasta features less in Lombardia than any other Italian province with a bigger emphasis on meat dishes.
Cotoletta alla Milanese, veal cutlets in crumbed bread fried in butter. Sound like Schnitzel? The Milanese say they invented it and have records going back to the 12th Century to prove it. Anyway, we'll give them that.
Common foods in Italy: Emilia-Romagna cuisine (Parma's region)
Parma is world famous for its Parma ham and Parmesan cheese (parmigiana). Actually if the truth be told parmigiana cheese originates from Reggio, however as Reggio formed part of the original Duchy of Parma we won't be a "rompi scatole" (pain in the backside) about it.
Melanzane alla Parmigiana, aubergines with smoked ham onions and tomatoes.
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Common foods in Italy: Venetian cuisine
Venice is where you will arguably find the best rice and fish dishes, with pasta dishes taking a back seat. Venice is also known for their starters, cicchetti, and the culture is similar to Spain and the Tapas.
Spaghetti con le Vongole, spaghetti topped with fried clams which have been cooked in olive oil and garlic.
Common foods in Italy: Tuscan cuisine (aaaah Florence!)
The Tuscans are known for their friendly generous nature and laid back lifestyle, and this is represented in their joy of cooking (and eating).
Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the world renowned T-bone steak from Florence. Accompany that with a bottle of Barolo red wine and I'm in heaven.
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