Pizza! Pasta! Gelato! Tiramisu! Food! Food! Food! Italians love it and are extremely famous for it. Every second shop will be a café or a gelateria. There is no way on going to Italy that you cannot immerse yourself in their food. The crazy thing about Italians is how much they eat, yet there is still no Australian you will find skinnier than an Italian.
La Pizza! Biting into that Pizza, you feel like a true Italian. No way in the world would you find a “meat lovers” or a “Hawain” pizza, so full of ingredients the Italians would cry at the sight. The Italian pizza consist of between 3 – 8 ingredients and has very little on it. The flavour from those ingredients though have my mouth watering of the thought. A pizza in Italy will cost between 4EUR – 10EUR and for that price you will get a huge pizza and a huge appetite.
There was nothing like having a huge bowl of Italian pasta for lunch. The look, the smell, the flavour just screamed “eat me!”. Covered with a thick layer of parmesan and a rich tomato sauce or pesto, pasta has never tasted better.
The bread in Italy is incredible. Focaccia was definitely my favourite though. Consisting of a think, fluffy, slightly salty and full of flavour dough it was another thing found on every corner. You could have it plain, where they would have a few herbs on top. Or you could have it like a pizza and get tomato, cheeses and all sorts of thing spread over the warm bread. It was a perfect snack and the “fast food” option for Italians – who would want MacDonald’s, when you could have focaccia.
My day in Florence I lived on just Gelato. Gelato for breakfast, gelato for lunch, gelato for dinner – I couldn’t get enough of it. Every corner you turn you will find a gelataria, pilled with gelato of all sorts of flavours. Chocolate, Maroni, Tiramisu, Vanilla, Strawberry, Mango, Raspberry, Pistaccio, Coffee – anything you could think of there is a flavour of gelato for it. It costs no more than 4EUR for a large and you can either have in in a cono (cone) or cup. Everywhere you looked people had gelato in their hands and were enjoying it as much as I.
An Italian Tiramisu is strong and full of flavour enriching the creamy desert. I was lucky enough to have my Great Aunt teach me how to make it, the secret on how to make it will go to my grave although the number one rule is just to keep that alcohol pouring into the mixture. Tiramisu is a very common and typical Italian dessert and you can find it in any café or restaurant you walk in to.
One thing that you don’t hear much about is the Italian hot chocolate. Any café I went to I would ask for a “Cioccolata Calda” (hot chocolate) and would be given a whole menu just dedicated which hot chocolates. You could get milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, nutella, nougat, mint, coconut, berry, orange, ginger, maroni and even chilli. It consisted more of melted chocolate rather than milk with a little chocolate powder hiding in it. You may not call it a drink as it was so thick you had to eat it with a spoon. It was heaven in a cup.
Once in Italy just go and enjoy ALL the Italian food, although like said in Eat, Pray, Love – you may need to buy a bigger pair of jeans.