When it comes to good food, the Italians do it best. Famed for their cuisine, dishes vary greatly from region to region and in some cases city to city. Food is a major aspect of Italian life and the Italians love to eat a leisurely meal. Dining out in Italy in a real authentic Italian restaurant is an experience not to be taken lightly. The Italians are proud of their cuisine, but it’s necessary to understand the culture when eating in Italy to really get the best travel experience in Italy. Learning about the art of cooking and eating in Italy is essential if you’re planning on getting the most out of your Italian travels and there’s no better way to do it than spend some time with an Italian.
Traditionally, Italian menus have 5 sections, so if you’re going to dine out with your Italian friends or want to live like an Italian then going to a restaurant on an empty stomach is needed. A typical full Italian meal usually consists of an appetizer, a first course, a second course, a side dish, and of course a dessert. If you’re planning on heading out to one of Italy’s many great restaurants, give yourself a lot of time because a traditional meal can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours or in some cases even longer. There’s the mentality that food should be enjoyed, so if you’re looking to do it the Italian way, grab your Italian friends and head out for a long leisurely Sunday dinner because this is a great opportunity for you to experience real Italian culture and have a good laugh at the same time. Drinking a good glass of wine with your meal is common, and Italians are known for their wines and wine culture. And if you’re really looking for a unique experience in Italy, hook up with a local in their home, and learn how to cook real Italian with one of our friendly personal Italian guides!
Dishes to try when in Italy include: Risotto, Minestrone, Zupa de Pesce (fish soup), and the favorite amongst all meat-eating Italians, Ossobucco, which is a tender shin of veal stewed in a tomato and red wine sauce.
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