Eating in Italy: do as the locals do
Meeting local people is the best way to get in touch with the authentic mood of Italy. Go beyond the ordinary.
Visiting Italy? One of the main reasons that comes out when you plan your trip, is to finally enjoy real Italian food.
There is anyone that love to fall into tourist traps or step into the first restaurant to enjoy ordinary food? No way.
When in Rome, do as Romans do: how many times have you heard it?
Locals are really demanding about food indeed. When it’s time to choose restaurants or even a snack bar, being “eat well” quite a serious thing for us.
It says that Italians live to eat instead of eating to live. There is a big truth in this. Certainly, you’d bear in mind that the heart our social life is always connected with sharing food.
Eating is not just a matter of filling your stomach, but with the pleasure to appreciate the good things of life.
Tasty things that the world offers and, moreover, to share these with people you like and care for.
In Italy you will learn why Italians are shocked by tourists drinking a cappuccino at the end of a meal. Why they are horrified about people dressing pasta with cream.
Twirling spaghetti with the little help of a spoon? you’ll look very old style, or weird sometimes. Cutting spaghetti with a knife? Please don’t do that anymore!
However, to best experience the Italian food, we recommend you a good start.
Always remember: Italian food means Regional food.Most important before your visit Italy, be open minded.
You will never truly enjoy eating Italy, if you will try to have the best pizza in Trentino Region or the best Amatriciana in Milan, or the perfect Florentine steak in Palermo.
Each region will provide you with the real authentic local food indeed. Local food needs to be tasted in the right place but, pay attention. Not all restaurants or trattorias are able to provide you with the top of the experience.
What do locals mean for “top” (“Il meglio del meglio”)?
No doubts! more than the super popular stellar chef, the touchstone is our granma style.
Local poeple love their regional family cooking style.
Be sure, they will sit at the table eating food while talking about food, the last foodie experience (great or bad) and the next one.
Often you’ll hear discussions about which granmother’ recipe is the best for the Sauce Bolognese. And keep in mind we do not call that sauce bolognese, but Ragù.
We could go on for hours. No panic anyway, there is a way to eat in Italy by learning all this stuff. Choose a food tour in Rome, one of the nicest way to taste the best while getting in touch with local people in an authentic way.
Gourmetaly food tours provides the best food tour of Rome. Led by local enthusiastic foodies in the very heart of three amazing quarters of Rome: Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere.
A recommendation: Join your food tour at the beginning of your staying. You’ll be able to distinguish touristy places from the ones beloved by local people.
In conclusion, get involved with the tradition and local customs. You’ll see those are not a combination, but a sign of history and culture.