One of the best things about visitng Italy is that the food is amazing. Fresh ingredients, talented cooks, traditional recipes, food and wine pairing all contribute to making delicious dishes that satisfy our taste buds, add to our culinary culture and keep us wanting more.
Each region has a special kind of cooking, so traveling throughout Italy can be an exciting culinary experience because the traditional recipes and ingredients differ everywhere you go.
Where can you find a great restaurant that’s not going to cost an arm and a leg? One of the best ways to eat well when you travel in Italy is to use Slow Food’s Guide to Italian Osterie. If you don’t want to purchase the guide book, you can consult the full list of restaurants here that are arranged in alphabetical order by region.
A great way to eat and learn to make amazing Italian food is by participating in a cooking lesson, or even a holiday dedicated to cooking. There are many places to take cooking lessons, from fancy castels, to cooking schools to private homes and local farms. Here is an example of some places in and near Rome. If you’re planning on staying in Palestrina, there a many local wine producers and farms where cooking lessons can be arranged, from Il Tufaio to Le Cerquette to Il Panificio Biscottificio Fiasco to Valle Fredda and Altavista Holiday Home, and Rome Countryside, just to provide a few examples. Another fun place to shop, eat or have a cooking lesson is Eataly, where you can always find a vast array of fresh, top quality Italian food and drink (served or ingredients to purchase and cook at home).
Have fun and buon appetito!