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6 Most Iconic Foods to Eat in Italy

Italy
is known for its amazing architecture and internationally recognized
fashion houses – but for foodies everywhere, Italy is the number
one destination for mouthwatering cuisine. You may have tasted
italian food before in your hometown or country. But until you’ve
had an authentic pizza margherita or white truffle, you’ve never
really had Italian food. Even if you don’t consider yourself a
hardcore food connoisseur, trying authentic Italian food should be on
everyone’s bucket list. For a beginner’s guide to the best in
Italian cuisine, here are the top 6 most iconic foods to eat in
Italy. 

Tortellini
en brodo

Although
pretty simply constructed, this dish lacks nothing in the flavor
department. It consists of tortellini pasta in a delicious broth. It
is traditionally a dish for the winter season. This pasta is just one
of the many great pasta dishes that Italy is known for around the
globe. 

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Truffles

This
dish is considered a delicacy around the world, and are coveted for
their rarity and distinctive taste. They are only grown in a few
countries, and Italy is one of them. They can only be found by dogs
or pigs trained to find them in the wild deep within forests or
mountains. Both white or black truffles are served in Italy. 

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Focaccia

All
over Italy, there are authentically delicious breads on every corner
bakery or cafe. But the Italian region of Linguria is known for being
the home of famous flat bread focaccia. It is served best with
toppings like rosemary, olives or cheese, or simply drizzled with
olive oil. Depending on the area of Italy you travel to, you may find
that focaccia bread will vary in texture and thickness, sometimes
resembling a flatbread and at other times, pita bread. 

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Gelato

Gelato
is famous the world over, but you’ve never had real gelato if
you’ve never had it in Italy. Gelato is like ice cream, but much
more dense and rich. There are many flavors of gelato, but most
authentic purveyors of gelato will serve traditional and deliciously
simple flavors, like stracciatella, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut,
pistachio and tiramisu just to name a few. 

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Coffee

Coffee
is Italy is likely very different than the watered down version you
may be used to. Authentic coffee in Italy will have some of the same
titles you’ve heard before, but will mean something totally
different. The meaning of latte, cappuccino, macchiato will be
completely different drinks even as you travel through Italy
regionally. But this is apart of the beauty of Italian coffee
drinking: an adventure that you can never quite complete but will
thoroughly enjoy.. 

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Cheese

A
guide to best foods in Italy wouldn’t be complete without the
mention of cheese. Mascarpone,

Ricotta, scamorza, gorgonzola, asiago, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, taleggio, burrata, grana padano, scamorza, piave, stracchino and robiola are just a few of the many delectable cheese you can find in Italia. Some of these cheeses are only found locally in specific regions, and some can be found countrywide. 

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