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10 Italian Delicacies You Must Try When You Visit Italy

Forget about the 7 wonders of the world for a minute; come to Italy! From the wonderfully alluring historic buildings to the fantastic food, to the renaissance art laced by culture, Italy is built to thoroughly take your breath away!

If you want to become a respected gastronome, Italy should be your first stop! Today, I’ll be sharing 10 sumptuous Italian foods to try when you visit!

Filled in every nook and cranny with passionate people, Italy is well-known for its cuisine and typical dishes worldwide. Every region and city has its own unique culinary tradition. If you can’t try all these dishes, eat at least one of them.

*PS: When you’re in Italy and don’t know the way to a great restaurant, ask the locals. They’ll be more than happy to direct you to the nicest & nearest restaurant to you.

Are you ready!? Wipe your palettes! Let’s begin!

1. SPAGHETTI AI FRUTTI DI MARE/ SEAFOOD SPAGHETTI:

Spaghetti is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, and everyone, I mean everyone, in Italy eats spaghetti [which is part of the Pasta family]. The seafood spaghetti is one of the most popular recipes in Mediterranean cuisine. It is a simple dish to prepare. The essential ingredients are: Clams, mussels and prawns – cooked with garlic and tomato. You absolutely have to try this in a great restaurant.

2. BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA/ FIORENTINE STEAK :

This dish is a traditional recipe from Firenze (Florence city also known as Michelangelo city). The Florentine Steak is a cut of meat that is prepared from the loin area, near the leg of the young female bovine. It is also called the T-Bone steak because of the T-shaped bone in the middle. It is never overcooked (except in my case😆). The meat is always tender, red and juicy inside. It continues to cook for few minutes even after it’s removed from the fire. If you want to eat this meat, I would advise you to find a very good restaurant with great rating on Trip Advisor. Make your research well.

3. TORTELLI:

Tortelli is a type of stuffed pasta that is traditionally made in the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Tuscany regions of Italy. I love Tortelli, especially Tortelli di Zucca ( pumpkin tortelli). It is made with fresh pasta. There are different shapes of stuffed pasta, some of which are: Ravioli, Tortelli, Tortellini, Agnolotti & Anolini. Tortelli, like other stuffed pasta can be eaten with grated Parmesan cheese, butter, Ragù (an Italian sauce typically made with minced meat, onions, tomato puree, and red wine). Tortellini broth, is the classic Christmas dish for most Italians.

4. PIZZA:

It’s no news that Italy has got the best pizza in the world😉. Each region has its own type of Pizza. But the best pizza can be found in Napoli (Naples city).The Napolitan pizza is the most popular and best baked pizza in the world, because it represents the best-known pizza style in the world.

Photo by Wills M from Pexels

Photo by Wills M from Pexels

Pizza a 4 stagioni ( ham, mushrooms, artichokes, olive)

One of the things that makes the Italian Pizza stand out is the choice of refined type 00 or 0 flour, the use of fresh brewer’s yeast in varying percentages; aided by small percentages of advanced dough from the processing of previous days and the cooking technique.

5. POLENTA:

Grilled Polenta

Polenta is an ancient dish very common in the regions of northern Italy. It is made from yellow or white cornmeal. Polenta is either eaten in porridge, grilled, baked, or fried form. It is also the main food in Trentino Alto Adige Region. You can eat it with mushrooms. meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, etc.

6. TAGLIATELLE AL RAGU’ BOLOGNESE:

Tagliatelle is a type of pasta that is mostly mistaken for Spaghetti by non-Italians. It is flatter and thicker than ‘regular’ Spaghetti. Tagliatelle is a first-course traditional meal invented in Bologna, Italy. It is mostly served with the Bolognese sauce, which is a meat-based sauce. It is also the same sauce used in preparing Lasagna alla Bolognese.

7. GNOCCHI DI PATATE/POTATO GNOCCHI:

Gnocchi (pronounced “Nyo-key”) di patate is a typical Italian dish prepared with potatoes. Each Region has its own way of preparing it. Some use water and flour, but the common type of Gnocchi are made with potatoes.

It is normally cooked in salted boiling water and dressed with sauces like: tomato sauce, pesto (A green sauce originated in Genoa, Italy. Made of basil, garlic, pine nut, extra-virgin olive oil, and grated cheese), butter and sage.

Gnocchi made with spinach and potatoes

8. PROSCIUTTO/HAM:

I’ve never met an Italian that doesn’t eat prosciutto. It is a dry-cured ham, that is usually sliced very thinly and then served uncooked. Prosciutto is made from the thigh of a Pig. The meat is firstly dressed with a specific knife, then covered with salt, and left to rest in the fridge for a week. After a week, the pig’s thigh is salted again to prevent bacteria from entering the meat. The meat is later washed and left to dry at a controlled temperature for certain months. The older the pork, the sweeter it is.

In Italy, we have “The Prosciutto Crudo” which is a raw cured ham, and “Prosciutto Cotto” Which is a cooked ham. My favorite is the Prosciutto Crudo. The two most famous hams are: Prosciutto di Parma and Prosciutto di San Daniele.

Prosciutto can be eaten with bread, and alone as an appetizer. It can also be used in main dishes. During the hot season, I love to eat it with cantaloupes.

9. TIRAMISÙ:

This is the most famous Italian dessert in the world. It is absolutely simple to make. The main ingredients are egg yolk, mascarpone, Savoiardi (Ladyfingers… I had to Google it in English😂🙊) soaked in sweetened coffee and cocoa powder. Tiramisù always stands out with it’s aesthetically pleasing appeal!

10. GELATO/ICE-CREAM:

Almost everyone knows that Italian gelato is the best in the world. You can’t come to Italy without tasting Gelato. I’m a proud gelato addict😋😜.

Artisan gelato has a soft texture and creaminess that makes it quite different from all other types of ice-cream. It is creamier and with a less intense flavor. It also has less fat and sugar.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I know your taste buds have been properly stimulated. If you have questions or other dishes you’d like to share, kindly ask them in the comment section.

Thanks for reading, xoxo!

Ciao ❤

 

 

 

 

(IMAGE CREDITS: Some of the pictures used in this post are from Pexels, Flickr, unsplash, and me😊)

34 Comments

  1. Temi

    August 2, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Of course, Gelato! I enjoyed it when I visited Venice in 2015, it was the first thing I ate. Good memories. I miss living in Europe. I am not jealous right now, haa♥️
    Pizza and pasta in Italy seems predictable but I would never have thought of eating steak in Italy.

    1. bukolaorry

      August 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks for reading! Venice is a beautiful city. Where in Europe did you live?

      1. Temi

        August 2, 2019 at 4:57 pm

        I lived in Heidelberg, Germany. I also visited Greece, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Slovenia, Romania, Belgium, Spain, and Surrey (U.K)…I miss that tourist life. Motherhood means sacrificing tourist life for a while.

      2. bukolaorry

        August 2, 2019 at 5:01 pm

        Wow! You were a traveller😊 being a mother is a lot of sacrifice.♥️

  2. Michelle

    August 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    These all look delicious!

  3. jesusluvsall

    August 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I should have read this after I ate lunch. Now I am hungry lol

    1. bukolaorry

      August 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      🤣🤣🤣 the pictures are mouth watering 🤤

  4. LaShawn Uchenna Ani

    August 2, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I have got to come to Italy 🇮🇹, just for the Pizza..Pizza is my favorite. That pizza looks so yummy. All of the food looks so appetizing, and I’m a sucker for desserts. Italy is on my to do list. Thanks Bukola

    1. bukolaorry

      August 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks for reading Shawn. You’re going to love Italy

  5. Dawn

    August 2, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Everything looks so delicious! Of course my dream is to go to Italy someday and pizza is my favorite food. Thanks for sharing little sister. ❤️

    1. bukolaorry

      August 2, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for reading big sister♥️ You would love the pizza here in 🇮🇹♥️

      1. Dawn

        August 2, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        You’re welcome! I know it’s amazing! ❤️

  6. AnnaLovesBass

    August 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Great job! As an Italian I can’t but confirm everything you wrote 😀

    1. bukolaorry

      August 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Grazie♥️😊 thank you for reading

  7. Lola Famuyiwa

    August 3, 2019 at 2:52 am

    I just discovered your blog through a comment on another blogger’s page. All the dishes look so good.

    1. bukolaorry

      August 3, 2019 at 7:23 am

      Thank you ♥️ I love your blog too.

  8. Shugunna Alexander

    August 3, 2019 at 3:56 am

    I want them all!! Especially the steak, 🤩🤗my bucket list, Italy!!

    1. bukolaorry

      August 3, 2019 at 7:24 am

      🤗♥️ thanks for reading. You would enjoy the steak

  9. ayansolaibukun

    August 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    You should be Italy’s minister for ‘all things cuisine’. At this rate, you’ll make a fellow end up a glutton upon visiting Italy. The dishes look really inviting. Meanwhile, I’ve always loved to visit Italy. It’s going to be my first tourist destination. Such a country filled with history. Great job putting this together for our ‘viewing (and not eating) pleasure!

    1. bukolaorry

      August 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      😂😂 Italy is a country of art, history and obviously food too😁. You would really love it here. Thank you for reading.

  10. indianeskitchen

    August 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I wish I had all the recipes for these! I should have been born Italian. Very nice post!

    1. bukolaorry

      August 3, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      😂😂 thank you! You can find the recipes online.

  11. Maggie

    August 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Yuuuum! 😍 I could definitely go for some authentic Italian pizza right now 😂💜

  12. Florence Ezekafor

    August 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Visit Italy is on my wishlist. I’m hopeful and yes I love the look of the meals, they’re rich. I felt like grabbing the pizza. 😀☺❤

    1. bukolaorry

      August 12, 2019 at 7:40 am

      😂😂 I can imagine 😂😂

  13. Fettuccina

    August 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Nice post dear! Italy is a one of the best country to eat pizza and pasta! I love food 🥘 😻

    1. bukolaorry

      August 30, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      I love food too😍😍. Italy definitely is the best place to eat pizza and pasta. Thanks for reading.

  14. Leif Price

    September 25, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Visiting Italy is on the bucket list. I can’t deny that the photos look very good.

    1. bukolaorry

      September 25, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Thank you very much. Italy is a very beautiful country.

  15. CHINA ALEXANDRIA LIVING THE DREAM

    October 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    BEST TO GO TO ITALY OUT OF SEASON, MEET THE REAL ITALIANS, CHINA

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