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The Best Food in Italy

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — 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!”

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 Food: 10 Dishes You Must Eat When in Venice & Verona

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.

Classic Umbrian 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.

Classic Tuscan Food: 10 Dishes You Must Eat When in Tuscany

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.

Tuscan Recipes: Veal Saltimbocca with Polenta

A Roman classic with a twist: veal, prosciutto, sage and polenta from chef and food blogger, Phoebe Ryan.

Tuscan Recipes: Truffled Farro Salad

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

Tuscan Recipes: Saffron Orzo Pasta Salad

Francesco Romano is a photographer 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.

Tuscan Recipes: 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 way to give your Sunday roast chicken a real flavour of Tuscany. It’s perfect for post-trip reminiscence.

Tuscan Recipes: Courgetti

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.

Tuscan Recipes: Arancini (Risotto) Balls with Marinara Sauce

Food blogger Helen Buxton makes the most of leftover risotto, with a fast and easy recipe for rice balls 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 experts, ”people following a Mediterranean diet have a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke”. We speak to nutritionists to find out what this diet really is, and why it works. Warning: includes science.

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.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: 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.

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