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5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy

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5 Must-Eat Dishes In ItalyHow much do you know about Italian cuisine? There’s more to this brilliant style of cooking than just pizza and pasta, you know? Since my family trip to Italy is just around the corner, I thought I’d do a little research. While we’re away, I want to taste authentic dishes and eat like a true Italian. Here are some dishes that I must try:

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Ribollita

5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy
Tuscan Ribollita Soup

Here’s a dish that I don’t think many people will have heard of before now. Surprisingly, Ribollita was originally meant for servants as it’s a cheap and easy dish that anyone can make. Well, those days are well and truly over. Now, this is something of a delicacy in Italy, which is exactly why I intend to try it for myself. The rich stew-like meal is usually made from vegetables, beans, and bread. The name literally translates as ‘reboiled’ as the dish was often reheated leftovers.

Arancini

5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy
Arancini – Deep-fried rice balls

Deep-fried rice balls? Um, where do I sign up? Much of the time, these balls of sticky rice are stuffed with everything from peppers and tomatoes to mozzarella. The balls are then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried to perfection. I intend to check out various restaurants and see what’s on offer. Most of the time, these treats are served as a starter. It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried these beauties in America, nothing can beat the authentic dish.

Prosciutto

5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy
Prosciutto – dried, cured ham

This dried, cured ham might not sound like anything particularly special, but I have it on good authority that it’s one of the tastiest snacks out there. Of course, the Italians tend to be rather famous for their cured meats, and so anything they make is sure to be fabulous. I’ve been told that this particular meat goes really well with some freshly cut melon. Yum!

Torrone

5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy
Torrone – Tasty nugget

Now, let’s get to the good stuff… The sweet treats! I have heard loads and loads about the tasty nugget known as torrone, and so I can’t wait to taste it for myself. Made with honey, nuts, and egg whites, this type of candy is popular all around Italy. I’m pretty sure that this is like nothing we have in the US, and so it’s worth getting a taste of the real deal.

Gelato!

5 Must-Eat Dishes In Italy
Classic Italian Gelato

Okay, you’ve got me… I’ve got something of a sweet tooth. The idea of tucking into a delicious scoop of gelato is one of the many things that draws me to Italy. I’m pretty sure that my kids will want to try some of this stuff for themselves too. Apparently, different areas specialize in different styles of gelato. I honestly can’t wait to find out which I like the best! Wish me luck.

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19 Comments

  1. robin Rue says

    My dad, sister and I were just talking about planning a trip to Italy. I will add these to our must-eat list.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    YES! This is the best list ever. We’ve toured through Italy a couple of times, and we make sure we have all of these more than once.

  3. Melissa says

    I have always wanted to go to Italy for the culture, fashion and architecture but you have ne sold on the gastronomic value which looks so good.

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I love arancini! I would love to eat all of these dishes in Italy.

  5. Marcie W. says

    Yes, yes, yes! I love Italian food. Italy is extremely high on my travel bucket list and I really hope to be able to enjoy these dishes while actually in their country of origin someday.

  6. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I would love to try the Tuscan Ribollita Soup. It is the perfect time of the year for it. I have been wanting to go to Italy for years now.

  7. Marybeth L Hamilton says

    Well, now I’m hungry! All of these foods look so delicious; I don’t think I’d stop eating throughout the trip!

  8. Kristi says

    How do I sign up… would love to go to Italy. Traveling really is all about the food though right?

  9. Candy O says

    Oh goodess I need to go to Italy! Love reading about new food to try in different countries. Never know when you could head that way!

  10. Our Family World says

    i love to visit Italy!! seeing this food makes me wanna go right now!

  11. Kita Bryant says

    That prosciutto looks awesome. I’ve always wanted some authentic prosciutto.

  12. Dawn McAlexander says

    Italian food is one of my favorites. I would love to try authentic Italian food, though. Judging by the looks of it, it is probably way better than what we see here in the states.

  13. Crystal says

    Gelato makes me happy! Dessert is always my favorite meal of the day. I need to be in Italy and try it directly.

  14. Andi says

    Truffles during the season, and this is not food, but I would never spend any time in Italy without drinking aperos!

  15. makeba says

    Oh gosh I would love to try all of these! I’ve never been to Italy, but I hope to get there one day to check all of these meals out!!

  16. Kiwi says

    When I go to Italy I would indulge in so much Gelato! I love gelato more than ice cream and I would love to eat some authentic ones!

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