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The Best Food in Italy

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan, Jasmine Boni-Ball, Sara Sherwood, Sabrin Hasbun, Alicia Peacock, Chloë Sibley— who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Bacari Guide to Venice

Venice’s reputation as a tourist hotspot often overshadows the memorable gastronomic experiences there are to be had here. The city’s bacari or wine bars are amongst the most Venetian of traditions, serving a variety of cichetti, the Italian equivalent to tapas, and local wines by the ombra (small glass). We have compiled a list of our favourite bacari in the city for authentic Venetian cuisine and a unique dining experience.

Restaurant Guide to Pisa

Tuscany is a culinary paradise, renowned for offering some of Italy’s most unique recipes. From Bistecca alla Fiorentina (“chunky flame-grilled, bone-in steak”) to Pappa al Pomodoro (“bread and ripe tomato soup”), the list is endless. The cuisine in Pisa is a combination of land and sea recipes. From fish and seafood specialities to game, every meal is blessed with quality and fresh ingredients. While a tasty plate of pasta can be found anywhere in Pisa, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat like a local in Pisa.

TN&M in the Kitchen: Pollo in Fricassea

Join dynamic duo chefs, Pippo and Guia as they share the secrets behind a perfectly moist and tender, Pollo in Fricassea. This typical Tuscan dish requires little time and skill, and makes a great main course, accompanied by your choice of a side.

Vegetarian & Vegan Tuscan Cuisine: Part 2

Tuscan cuisine has a lot to offer if you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet — a variety of local recipes are traditionally made without meat, fish, dairy and eggs. Discover vegan and vegetarian-friendly desserts you can rely on, to satisfy your sweet tooth, as well as useful tips and vocabulary to make your holiday hassle-free.

Vegetarian & Vegan Tuscan Cuisine: Part 1

While Tuscan cuisine is renowned for animal-based recipes and products, in the past, meat was a luxury reserved for the noble and wealthy. Authentic Tuscan cuisine developed around simple ingredients that peasants could source and afford to buy, mainly vegetables, legumes and bread. Read this short guide and discover the best vegetarian and vegan starters and main courses, for your next trip to Tuscany.

Tuscan Seafood Dishes

When it comes to Tuscan seafood dishes, most people including the Italians, only know of Cacciucco. Tuscany has one of Italy’s largest coastline, ranking fifth after the country's biggest islands, Sardinia and Sicily, and the peninsular regions, Calabria and Puglia. The Campania region in Southern Italy is renowned for the best fish and seafood in Italy, and yet it has less coastline than Tuscany. This begs the question: Why are Tuscan seafood dishes undervalued? Read our short guide and discover everything there is to know about Tuscany and the region's seafood tradition.

Traditional Tuscan Cuisine: Tuscany’s Saltless Bread

Have you ever wondered why Tuscan bread is saltless in comparison to other Italian breads? Discover what makes Tuscany's renowned Pane Toscano one Tuscany's most treasured ingredients, and where to find it.

Insider’s Guide to the Best Panini in Florence and Where to Find Them

As you explore the Renaissance capital of Florence, you’ll need a substantial lunch or snack to keep you going. With a myriad of different panini shops in Florence, our food experts have compiled a list of the best. Here you’ll find the best panini in Florence that will not disappoint.

Eating Breakfast like an Italian: A Food Guide from Caffè Latte to Cornetto.

What is a typical breakfast in Italy? Whether it's ordering a Caffè Latte or knowing how to tell your Ciambella from your Cornetto, use our short guide to discover how to enjoy your breakfast like a real Italian.

The Best Types of Cheese to Try When You Are in Tuscany

If you’re a cheese lover in Tuscany, this quick guide to the best Tuscan cheese will come handy. While Italy is renowned for being home to the renowned Mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano, Tuscany is known for making some of the best including Pecorino. Discover 5 types of cheese to try on your next trip to Tuscany. Can you say cheese?

A Chocolate Lover’s Visit to Perugia

There is nothing that chocolate can't fix. Perugia is home to the best chocolate in Italy, and the world's most famous chocolate festival. Visit the Baci Perugina Festival and discover how the world's most romantic bonbons are made, or enjoy a chocolate-tasting at the annual Eurochocolate.

Italian Cakes: What to Buy from a Tuscan Bakery

While we all enjoy a piece of Tiramisu or Millefoglie, there are plenty of other cakes and biscuits to indulge in when in Tuscany. It can be quite overwhelming picking the right biscuit or cake, but with our guide to the Best Biscuits and Cakes in Tuscany, you’ll be able to tell your Ricciarelli from you Cantuccini in no time.

Veneto Cuisine & Food

The food and cuisine in Veneto is considered one of the most varied in Italy. From the rice of the Po valley to the fish of the Adriatic, Veneto has a lot to offer gastronomes. Discover 10 dishes to eat when in Venice and Verona.

Tuscan Cured Meats: What are they and what's the difference?

Tuscany is celebrated for having some of the best cured meats in the world. From Salami to Salumi to Salsiccia – how do you tell the difference? What does Pepperoni really mean? Read our quick guide to the best Tuscan cured meats, and discover all the essential tips and tricks.

Umbrian Cuisine & Food

Based on simplicity, Umbrian cuisine relies on seasonal, flavorful local ingredients. From the white truffles of Gubbio to the cured meats of Norcia, this region offers some of the best food in Italy. Read a short guide on what to eat and drink when visiting Umbria, and let your taste buds do the talking.

Restaurant Guide to Florence

The best way to experience a culture is through its food. Discover some of Tuscany’s most famous restaurants, all within the heart of Florence. From Trattoria Cammillo to Cibrèo Caffè, experience Florence like a local.

Tuscan Cuisine & Food

Tuscan food is one of Italy’s best regional cuisines. Originating from Cucina Povera (poor cooking), Tuscan cuisine is now celebrated all over the world for its simplicity and quality. From Bistecca alla Fiorentina to Pappa al Pomodoro, discover 10 traditional dishes you must eat when in Tuscany.

TN&M in the Kitchen: Veal Saltimbocca with Polenta

Phoebe Ryan prioritises local, natural foods, prepared with honesty and love. In this recipe, she celebrates Veal Saltimbocca, adding a special twist to this classic Roman recipe, of creamy polenta.

TN&M in the Kitchen: Truffled Farro Salad

Judy Witts Francini is a legend in Tuscan cooking and food education. Here she passes on a recipe from Umbria that combines heritage grain farro with the ultimate fruit of the Umbrian forest: truffle.

TN&M in the Kitchen: Saffron Orzo Pasta Salad

Francesco Romano is an Italian chef with a passion for bold, simple, authentic flavours, many passed down directly from his Nonna. In this recipe, he combines barley pasta, saffron, olives and more in a fresh Mediterranean summer salad.

TN&M in the Kitchen - Roast Chicken with Vin Santo

Food writer and photographer Giulia Scarpaleggia teaches cookery classes from her farmhouse between Florence and Siena. Here, she demonstrates a simple and fast way to give your Sunday roast chicken a real flavour of Tuscany. It’s perfect for post-trip reminiscence.

TN&M in the Kitchen - Courgetti con le Sarde

Natural Chef, food writer and teacher Ceri Jones offers up a fresh, healthy version of the Sicilian classic Pasta con le Sarde — without the pasta, but with more nutritional properities, bursting with flavour.

TN&M in the Kitchen: Arancini di Riso with Marinara Sauce

Join food blogger Helen Buxton, as she shares a fast and easy recipe for Arancini di Riso with Marinara Saunce. These crispy, deep fried Sicilian treats are made using leftover risotto, with an oozing cheese centre, served with a freshly prepared marinara sauce.

The Mediterranean Diet: What Does It Mean And Why Is It So Special?

According to health experts, ”people following a Mediterranean diet have a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke”. Learn from experts what makes the Mediterranean regime so special and why it works. Remember, a healthy lifestyle starts with a health diet.

Italian Truffles: All You Need to Know

The dictionary calls it “a strong-smelling underground fungus that resembles an irregular, rough-skinned potato.” But to the world’s finest chefs, the truffle has a more evocative meaning for haute cuisine. Our short guide explains what truffles are, where they grow and how to tell the four main Italian types apart.

TN&M in the Kitchen: 3 Simple Recipes with Italian Truffles

Unless you’re a a tech billionaire or have royal blood, you probably don’t eat truffles three times a day back home. It’s a different story if you come to rural Tuscany or Umbria at the right times of year. Truffles add a touch of luxury to any dish, sure. But they grow here abundantly: even a rustic trattoria will have them on the menu, or better still, you can learn to cook with them yourself.

Raspberry Crostata

The word crostata first appeared in Italian texts during the 17th-century and was defined as an open type of pie. Over the years the crostata has undergone both sweet and savory variants and here, Tuscan chef and pastry aficionado Lisa Banchieri brings you her raspberry rendition of this classic dessert.

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