Italy, the country of fine dining
Italy is internationally famous for art, culture and fashion but also, and above all, for good food. Nowadays you can eat well all over the world, but if you want to sample culinary excellence, there is nowhere better than the Bel Paese.
Italian cuisine is one of the best known and loved in the world. Just think of the many imitations of food Made in Italy proposed in even famous restaurants that often have absolutely nothing Italian about them at all. While maintaining a shared approach, every Italian town, province and region offers an extraordinary variety of delicious but different dishes and recipes. Despite being a relatively small country, Italy has a particularly rich and varied gastronomic heritage.
Besides being the world' s leading country in terms of cultural, historical and architectural heritage, Italy is also the country with the highest number of certified and protected agri-food products. There are products that the whole world envies us and tries to imitate, such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Parma or San Daniele prosciutto, balsamic vinegar from Modena, buffalo mozzarella from Campania and Alba white truffle, to name but a few.
But the quintessential dish, which everyone knows and recognises as Italian, is undoubtedly pasta. Dry or fresh, long or short, filled, light or served with the richest sauces, it never disappoints. However it is prepared, it is always excellent. Every region has its own pasta dish, from Lombardy's Risotto with Saffron to Lazio's Carbonara, from Campania's Spaghetti with Clams to Apulia's Orecchiette with Turnip Greens.
Another star of Italian cuisine is pizza, beloved and famous the world over. Although you can now find it everywhere, pizza is originally Italian or, to be precise, Neapolitan. The art of the Neapolitan pizza chef has been considered as UNESCO World Heritage since 2017. Italy is also famous for its wines, including Chianti in Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo in Piedmont and Lambrusco in Emilia Romagna.