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Best Italian Food on the Go

So, you’ve made it to Italy, you’ve got all your sightseeing booked by the hour and a table at the tastiest places around each night. Your only problem now is what to do in between, namely what are you going to eat between now and dinner time? Luckily for you Italy is full of places that cater to those on the go, just look at how they drink their coffee. If you are booked back to back at tourist spots you aren’t going to have the time to sit down but that’s what these takeaway places are all about. And don’t think just because it’s a quick bite it wont be up to standard (two things that come hand in hand in other places) many of these treats are lovingly made in-house with as much care as your main meal. If you see any of these be sure you grab one on your way to your next event.

Pizza Al Taglio

Otherwise known as pizza by the slice is of course a widely popular Italian snack. Known for their mastery of dough and their fine selection of mouth watering toppings, Italian pizza is something else. You’ll find lots of pizza to go as you make your way around the well-traveled areas, so take advantage of it while you can.

Cornetti Con Panna

These little pastries may not look too exciting, but they are incredibly tasty. You may be used to some chocolate or jam in your croissant in addition to cream, but Italian cream is much richer than the standard stuff elsewhere. Grab one of these and try not to get your face covered in the stuff.

Focaccia

The bread that you may see in restaurants but hardly anywhere else back home here is used far more commonly. You will find it covered in toppings like tomato, olives and slathered in melted cheese as an easy bite to eat. It also provides the basis for some very simple but flavour packed sandwiches, often coupled with some slices cured meats and that’s it. No need for extra because it really tastes good all on its own,

Ciambelle

These golden twirls are essentially Italian pretzels. Although they aren’t as hard as the varieties you may get elsewhere, instead they are much chewier once you get to their centre. Inside you’ll also find something different in the form of fennel seeds which give a nice variety and add that fragrant spiciness to the mix.

Panino Con Porchetta

Another simple but satisfying snack is this bread and meat combo. This time it is panini bread, the same stuff you’ll get when you order one from a café (but a tastier authentic Italian one). The meat in here is Porchetta, which is a very delicate deep flavoured pork that is often made in rolls that include liver and extra fat for more flavour.

Gelato

Who could forget the sweet Italian dessert that can be seen on the corner of every street? Gelato is homemade ice cream at its best, fresh ingredients, tasty chunks of extras and a rich thick and creamy texture. You wont struggle to find somewhere that serves this, though you may have trouble ordering since the queues for the popular places can be lengthy.

The Ten Most Iconic Italian Foods – Part 1

Italy is a most diverse country in many ways, from its landscape to it culture. Each different region has its own particular wine and food, depending on what can be grown and raised in that area. The food of Italy changes from the large towns of the north to the plains of the central region and down to the coastal regions of the south.

And this is a culinary journey across this great food nation to find the most iconic dishes of Italy including pasta to pizza and everything in between. It is not meant to be a best of list, but merely to highlight the diversity of the foods in Italy.

Pizza

The humble pizza is probably the most iconic dish from Italy and is famous throughout the world. Although it is probably the most simplest of dishes, and one of the easiest to prepare and cook it has claimed its place at the top of world food.

Compared to other world fast-foods such a fried chicken and beef burgers, the pizza is fairly healthy and with simple toppings it is delicious. Italians prefer their pizzas simple and with few toppings, and definitely with no pineapple.

Lasagna

Instantly recognizable and the ultimate comfort food, Lasagna is not just popular in Italy but across the world. The large sheets of pasta are layered with ragu, bechamel sauce and mozzarella and then baked in the oven to produce a highly succulent and very filling dish. The best place to eat it in Italy is Emilia Romagna where it is made with fresh pasta, and a unique ragu sauce.

Bistecca Fiorentina

This T-bone steak ticks all the boxes for one of the ten most iconic Italian dishes, it is an individual cut of meat, from a particular animal, prepared a special way of a specific region. The cow happens to be a Chiania cow raised in Tuscany, and the cut has to be a minimum of 5cm from the animal’s loin.

This steak and the way it is prepared and cooked can only be found in Tuscany, and it is so big (1-2kg) that it is meant to be for two people. It is normally presented by itself with no adornments and eaten just simply as a meat course.

Polenta

Pasta is recognized as one of Italy’s most famous dishes, but the truth of the matter is that Italy’s famous starch in the south of the country is Polenta. Made from corn, Polenta was the turn-to mush for many of the workers in the fields. It lacks the variations of pasta in form and texture but is a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of meats, and is perfect for stews and gravies.

When temperatures drop in the northern parts of Italy it is the best dish to warm the cockles of the heart. And it can be eaten hot or cold so it is perfect for picnics or eaten with leftover meats, chicken, and of course vegetables.