Italian cuisine seems popular the world over – thanks to its simplicity and authenticity. But, eating Italian food in Italy, just like the locals, is sure to send your enjoyment up a notch. At Avventure Bellissime – the Italian tours and holiday expert – we have the opportunity to eat as the Romans do, or as any other Italian might do – and here’s our take on the eight classic Italian foods to try during your Italian holiday:
This is one of Tuscany’s most important dishes. However, it does have humble origins as it is said to have originated when servants collected their master’s unfinished bread and vegetables to re-boil it for their own meal. It is a thick, hearty soup – similar to chilli con carne. Although it is perhaps not the most obvious dish to try on your Italian vacation it is so delicious – perhaps not what you might expect when you consider how it came to be.
Arancini is another traditional Italian food dish. It is made of stuffed rice balls that are covered in breadcrumbs and then fried. Inside you will usually find ragù and mozzarella – with additional fillings available depending on the region of Italy you are in.
3. Tagliatelle al ragù
We would definitely recommend trying some spaghetti bolognese, or as the locals call it - tagliatelle al ragù in Bologna. This is the city it originates from. It won’t be served with spaghetti here. As the title suggests, the dish is served with tagliatelle pasta. It will also include pancetta as well as the traditional mince base. This gives it a smoky flavour along with very finely chopped onion, celery and carrot. Nutmeg is used to enhance the flavour – there is absolutely no garlic. There’s nothing quite like tasting this traditional Italian food whilst in Italy.
And if you are keen to try tagliatelle al ragù, then you should consider casting your taste buds a little further and try Bigoli. It is the signature pasta of the Veneto region – the area around Venice that stretches from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Bigoli pasta is like noodles – but quite thick which makes it easy for the sauce to cling to them. The sauce is made from red wine, vegetables and roasted wild duck. It is definitely worthy of a place on any list of the best Italian food.