Italy is a heaven for your stomach. Its culinary traditions have been created through the history with the roots as far back as the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine is an important part of the country's culture and yes, it is definitely in the top of the most delicious cuisines in the world (or even the best one). Maybe that's why even Italians are often using a proverb, saying "Chi mangia bene, mangia Italiano" (Those who eat well, eat Italian). How not to mention the varieties of pizzas and pastas? These are, probably, the most famous dishes that literally everybody in the world knows and that are coming from Italy. And this list can be much much longer - read about 5 most famous Italian foods!
1. Prosciutto di Parma
Prosciutto is a dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked. The production of Parma Ham is the story of a special relationship between man and nature. Since Roman times, the unique conditions of the Parma region have made it possible to produce the highest quality hams that have been appreciated by gourmets for centuries. Nowadays it is considered to be a sort of prosciutto of the highest quality in Italy, or we would even dare to say, in the world. So if you love meet, this is absolutely a "must" for you! Don't miss your chance to taste it!
2. Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan, or as it is called in Italy, Parmigiano-Reggiano, is a hard, granular cheese. It is also coming from Parma (what a delicious region!), and is one of the most famous and traditional cheeses in Italy. Its production in Italy started in the 13th century, and nowadays the original technology is still preserved, so it takes more than 12 months to make it! No wonder, it is known as the "King of Cheeses"! It is commonly grated over pasta dishes, stirred into soups and risottos, and eaten on its own. It is often shaved or grated over other dishes like salads.
3. Pizza Margherita
There is nothing more Italian than pizza! The most famous region with the old traditions of making pizza is Naples. However, wherever, you go in Italy, you will see that pizza has become a part of Italian culture in any part of the country. Probably, one of the most famous is Pizza alla Margherita, that also has an interesting story behind. It was invented in 1889 in Naples, Italy, by Raffaele Esposito to commemorate a visit to Naples by Queen Margarita, so he made it in the colors of the new Italian flag — green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomato.
4. Pasta Carbonara
Or any other pasts. Italians have approximately 650 kinds of them, so you will definitely have what to choose from! However, Carbonara is almost a classic dish from Rome. It is based on eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), bacon (guanciale or pancetta), and black pepper. The origin and history of this dish are still not really clear, but to be honest... who cares :) The most important that the culinary tradition of Italy has preserved this delicious dish, so we can enjoy its taste all over the world!
And of course, how could we not mention gelato, this famous Italian dessert. Basically, gelato is an ice-cream made in a traditional Italian style. Centuries ago, gelato was made from snow and ice brought from mountains. Later, in 1686 the Sicilian fisherman Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli perfected the first ice cream machine. Nowadays Italy is the only country where the market share of handmade gelato versus industrial one is over 55%. probably, there is no a person who had been in Italy and didn't taste gelato, so during your next trip, make sure that you also have at least one (or two, or three, or more...) portion of it!
We sincerely hope that you are not reading this at night. Otherwise, we apologize for making you hungry. But this is Italy - delicious and unpredictable! Enjoy it and... Buon appetito!