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Italy is arguably home to the oldest cookbook. The Italians know how to do food, so much so that Italian classics like lasagne, spaghetti bolognaise and pizza are now loved by so many that they have become family classics in households the world over. Most of us everyday people tend to pop down the supermarket, buy a cook-in sauce and rustle up what we assume to be an Italian dish but, for those that have eaten a proper Italian in Italy, your taste buds will certainly know the difference.  Italy rightly deserves its position as one of the world’s favourite comfort foods – what bangers and mash is to the UK, pasta and pizza is to the Italy – and most other nations if we’re honest!
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Traditional Italian Pizza

Throughout Italy there are eateries just crying out to be visited and every city, town and village has its favourite haunts and local speciality dishes. A quick search on Google will lead you to numerous travel blogs or supply you with travel tips as to where is best to go in any Italian resort or tourist destination.  If we really dig as to the origins of Italian food you notice that the flavours on offer in various regions differ considerably. Italy makes up a vast part of Southern Europe and has a long and turbulent past. The Greeks and French have all left their mark and modern twists on traditional dishes have led to many Italian fusion dishes becoming favourites with the foodies.

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Italian Lasagne

Italian food started to make its mark more than 2000 years ago but only really got documented properly during Roman times when the likes of Plinty, Horace, Cato and other ancient writers made references to early produce including onions from Pompeii, wild boar from Tuscany and asparagus from Ravenna.  Following the demise of the Roman Empire Italy was a country made up of individual states each separately ruled and governed, each having its own unique identity. It was then that each area really started to develop its own style and taste largely based on what food stuffs were locally farmed and available.

Today certain areas are famed for certain dishes and true Italian cuisine is far more than simple pizzas, pastas and cheese topped tomato sauces. The South is famed for producing excellent mozzarella and citrus fruits, the South also tends to serve their spaghetti far more al-dente and harder to the taste, the North softer and the ingredients here cooked more thoroughly. Beef in Tuscany is wonderful, as are the black truffles from Marches. The coastal regions offer some fabulous seafood and fish dishes and the food in Sicily tends to be more flavoursome with sweet and spicy undertones almost reminiscent of Arabic dishes in taste. Pizza originated in Naples, Risotto from Milan and tortellini from Bologna so it goes without saying that you should sample the local dishes should ever you pay a visit. The course of time really has been kind to Italian food leaving it rightly placed as one of the most mouth-watering and craved comfort cuisines of the modern world.

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