ODE TO ITALIAN FOOD

Italian cuisine is one of the best in the world. Dishes like lasagna, ravioli or spaghetti are recognized by all and loved by many.

ravioliThe mere thought of pizza will make your mouth water.

07-small-pizzaAnd I bet that when somebody mentions tiramisu or panna cotta your eyes become dreamy, just like mine always do.

05-la-routa-panna-cottaDuring your visit to this sunny and beautiful country you will have ample opportunities to try original Italian food and to see for yourself how delightful it is.

Italian hotels serve continental breakfast and you can eat whatever you fancy and in large quantities. Huge tables are laden with delicious food: crusty buns and breads, cold meats and various cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes and biscuits. Everything looks and tastes wonderful. You can also order freshly-made coffee with your breakfast. You may not be a coffee person in your country but here, in Italy, it is a sin not to drink coffee. A cup of cappuccino in the morning is like liquid happiness that can sustain you throughout the day.

The next meeting with Italian food is in the afternoon – a quick visit to one of the cafés for lunch. You can have a sandwich or a slice of a delicious cake. And a cup of Italian coffee or a glass of fresh orange juice.

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cakesBut the real feast starts at about eight in the evening. Friends and family get together to  celebrate life and food. The Italians know how to enjoy themselves and at that they are second to none. In a good company and with delicious food on your plate you can easily lose track of time. The only indication of the passing time is another dish that a waiter brings to your table.

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04-la-routa-pizza-la-capitanoAnd there is a lot of food to go through in the evening. Make sure your stomach can handle this. My advice is very simple: eat small portions and don’t take second helpings even if you really want to. Remember – there is more food coming, and you must have some room for a dessert! I guarantee that at the end of this enjoyable evening you will understand why ancient Romans tickled their throats with feathers.

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08-nutella-filled-pizza-doughYour Italian feast will probably end well after midnight. The next morning will find you unwilling to part with your hotel bed. You will lie there, wondering how are you going to get up and start a new day. And you will solemnly promise yourself to consume less food. However, the promise will be forgotten the moment you cast your eyes on something delicious. After all, such magnificent food is to be appreciated, not refused. And if you worry that you will put on weight, you can start your diet when you come back home. 😉

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