The Italian cuisine is known worldwide and famous for its diversity, healthy balance, flavoured ingredients, always inspired to be more inventive in preparing meals.
There is a great difference between northern and southern cuisine in Italy, implying mostly to the pasta varieties.The first one, slightly influenced by French and German cuisine, using more butter, cream, Mascarpone cheese, rise and fresh egg pasta, while the latter one favors Mozzarella cheese, olive oil, dried pasta and tomato.
As already mentioned, the Italian cuisine is pretty much known for its diversity and each part of the country boats with variety of flavors and local delicacies.
Therefore, Emilia-Romagna can be distinguished by lasagna, tortellini, mortadella, prosciutto (smoked ham), parmigiano (Parmesan cheese). Piemonte and Lombardia grow different kinds of rice.
The Tuscan cuisine favors white beans, meat and bread without salt.The Roman cuisine uses a lot of sheep cheese and organic meat, and is known for its thin pizza in distinction from the Napoletan and Sicilian pizza which is thicker.
Naples is famous not only for its pizza, but for mozzarella and pastries as well.
Calabria then with its salumi and hot pepper, famous icecream of Sicily with its cuisine influenced by the Arab one, and finally Sardinia famous for its lamb and pecorino.
Italian cuisinetalians pay much attention to food, service and the ambient. One can eat in restaurants, fancy places rather expensive, or in trattoria where local speacialties are usually served, bars then with quick meals and finally pizzeria.
Italians prepare usually light breakfast with cappuccino and a sweet pastry, or simply espresso.
Lunch is rather important and consists of antipasto, then primo piatto with pasta, rice or soup, secondo piatto with meat or fish with vegetable or salad, then fresh fruit.
They usually finish with espresso, black strong coffee or maybe a grappa or amaro (liqueur). Dinner is similar to lunch.
Besides all these delicacies, Italy is a wine growing nation as well thanks to its climate, old tradition in viticulture and rich soil.
MORE ABOUT ITALY:
Italy is divided into 20 regions, each unique and interesting in its own way each offering a diversity of landscape, arts and surroundings.
Due to its geographical position, Italy has experienced many invasions and has been home to different civilizations; Greeks, Etruscans and Gauls.
Geographical position of Italy causes considerable weather differences between northern mountain region and plains in the south. Local weather conditions depend on altitude and coastal effects.
Italian tradition and customs, influenced by other countries and civilizations on this territory contributed to cultural and historical heritage of Europe.
Italy is certainly one of the most attractive vacation countries, rich in history, culture, natural beauties and many tourist features.
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