From museums to fashion catwalks, shopping to romance, there is so much to love about Italy! Whether you have visited many times or are dreaming of your first vacation, famous cities in Italy offer so much, including fresh, local, and popular foods.
Located on the southern coast, Naples enjoys several delicious dishes!
The pizza was created in Naples and is now a favorite food enjoyed worldwide. Originally cooked and served by street vendors, pizzerias can be found on almost every street corner now! True, Neapolitan pizza is made to stringent guidelines and cooked in a wood-fueled oven. Toppings are simple and include freshly made marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and basil leaves.
While pizza is a favorite, you can also find seafood dishes in this seaside town. Look for Cozze (mussels) cooked in tomato sauce and spiced with spicy pepperoncini peppers and parsley, served on toasted bread. Also, don’t miss dessert of sfogliatelle pastry filled with ricotta cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar!
The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence offers art and architecture along with alluring favorite dishes.
Simple, fresh foods in Florence are based on extra virgin olive oil, bread, and grilled meats. Florentine chicken is a favorite with chicken breasts coated with seasoned flour or breadcrumbs, fried in butter, and topped with spinach, cheese, and fresh tomato sauce.
Crespelle alla Fiorentina, an Italian crepe filled with real ricotta cheese and spinach covered in a creamy sauce, is a traditional and favorite dish in Florence. Likewise, look out for zuccotto as a dessert from an ice cream shop. This tasty sweet is thin cake with sweetened ricotta cheese, candied fruit, and almonds frozen hard.
Known as the fashion capital of Europe, Milan offers great sights and meals for everyone.
Favorite foods in Milan tend to be richer. Risotto comes in many varieties, but a particular favorite is cooked simply with butter, stock, and saffron. While the original recipe includes beef marrow, some modern-day versions exclude this ingredient.
Ossobuco is a traditional main dish of beefsteak or veal with a bone in the middle and is another simple meal unique and full of flavor. Don’t forget a favorite, and traditional, Milanese dessert of panettone cake bread! While most popular at Christmas, panettone is a sweet, year-round treat.
Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, Venice enjoys canals and unique food!
Favorite meals in Venice are often based on ancient recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Polenta e schie is just one of these popular dishes using local shrimp seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, parsley, and gently cooked together for a delicious meal.
Enjoy an appetizer of fish-based baccala mantecato! This creamed cod is soaked, poached, and blended into a mousse and lightly seasoned. Spread on fresh bread or grilled polenta is a well-liked start to any meal!
The capital of Italy, Rome is a traveler’s paradise where everyone enjoys many favorite meals.
Pasta is such a popular food in Rome that there is even a museum dedicated to it! A favorite pasta dish is spaghetti alla carbonara with cooked pasta with egg, a dash of cream, and guanciale (or sometimes bacon). The skill is in the preparation of these simple ingredients and, when done correctly, the results are delicious!
A simple “Roma in a bowl” dish is spaghetti cacio e pepe or spaghetti with cheese and pepper. Sharp Romano cheese and a lot of peppers are used (with a dash of olive oil) tossed with cooked pasta.
So many excellent, Italian dishes! If you are now yearning for incredible, homemade Italian food, stop by Pinocchio’s Italian Eatery! We have a range of fresh meals that will soon become your favorite food.