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Top Food Experiences to Try In Italy

While dining in fancy restaurants in Italy is interesting, you may not always get the authentic culinary experiences. To get the true taste of Italian foods, you need to know how and where to dine like a local. The trick is to find out those off-the-beaten-path culinary spots that are only frequented by those who are well informed. Here are some tricks you need to know to dine like a local in Italy.

Italian Food Tours

The best thing about food tours is that you get to know all the Italian cuisine secrets only locals know of. This is the first step to dining like a local. Most food tours will not only expose you to culinary experiences, they also incorporate agricultural tours as well. 

For starters, apart from sampling the native dishes, you get to tour cheese factories, wineries, salami manufacturers, olive harvest in Liguria, truffle hunting among many other experiences. Tour guides such as Emilia Delizia offer customized tours of all the experiences you want to be part of. 

Culinary Classes

If you are a fan of getting down and dirty with the real, then culinary classes are your best bet to authentic Italian cuisine experience. Apart from just feasting on the local delicacies, culinary classes teach you how to make those delicacies! Apart from getting vital knowledge of replicating the Italian dishes, the knowledgeable instructors pass down to you traditional cooking tips, cultural food practice and fascinating history.

Meal Sharing

This is a social dining platform where you find locals who welcome tourists to their home for meals. These local hosts are experienced in authentic Italian cuisine and whips up feasts to share with travellers. If you are up for a scrumptious spread accompanied by cross-cultural friendships, engaging conversations and laughter, this experience is a good choice.

Pizza Making Lessons

When it comes to food experiences in Italy, pizza is one of those items you just need to try. Whether you want to just sample or actually cook, you cannot afford to miss a taste of this Italian food item. You can take it a step further and learn how to make pizza the Italian way.

Chef Carmen, famous for offering pizza making classes in Sorrento, will get you to fall in love with the scenery as well as the food. If you want to learn the intricacies of making pizza, eggplant parmesan and gnocchi from an experienced local, you need to go to Sorrento at Italy’s coastline. 

Local Food Sampling

Given that Italy is quite rich in culinary tastes, you can never really have a taste of everything while on a few days’ visit. However, you can decide to sample the most famous items that have put the country on the world’s culinary map. When you are in Italy, here are a few things you must try.

Gelato, a creamy cold dessert, ice cream

Panna cotta, a creamy dessert topped with caramel sauce drizzle

Tiramisu, a Veneto classic dessert

Carborana, a pasta dish that can adapt to various preparation techniques

Bruschetta, the garlic bread starter with varying toppings

Bologne and lasagna pasta dishes

Ravioli pasta dumplings

Gnocchi creamy potato dumplings

Pizza with a variety of toppings

Osso bucco “hole in a bone” veal shanks

Venetian cincchetti

Pesto alla Genovese

Cicchetti in Venice

Ribollita Tuscan soup

Flavored risotto and caponata rice dishes


Italy has a wonderful concept of offering experiences of the farm side with a feast of traditional dishes. While staying at the farmhouse, you get a feel of the country’s agricultural side. The farmhouse offers accommodation to travellers as well as tours on the farm. The accommodation villas are by the vineyard. Every meal prepared from the farmhouse incorporates fresh produce. You also get to go for wine tasting at a tuscan if you so fancy.

Quick Tips for the Best Culinary Experiences

Italy offers endless options when it comes to culinary experiences. However, if you are new to the place, you might find it a tad hard to get the best out of your visit. Here are a few things to keep in mind when on a gastronomical tour of this rich country.

Understand the Culture

For starters, when you order a coffee, you will probably get an espresso; it is the culture. Italians like their coffee rich in flavor and caffeine; strong, concentrated and intense.  The American style coffee, according to Italians, is just water.

Il Coperto is Real

This basically means a cover charge. You will notice an extra charge when you eat at trattoria in Southern Italy or any other place. The extra charge is levied on bills to discourage idle sitting and avoid overcrowding.

Respect the Farm Produce

When shopping for groceries, it is considered disrespectful to touch the produce yourself. You are expected to tell the store attendant to pick up the items you want. The farm produce is usually measured in kilos and not pounds. As such, it is advisable to ask for about half of what you’d normally order in pounds. Have the produce properly labeled before you get to the checkout counter. 

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