Belissimo! The food of Italy
PIZZA! Pasta! Gelato! Tiramisu! Food! Food! Food! Italy's love for it is famous.
Every second shop in Italy a café or a gelataria. There is no way on going to Italy that you cannot immerse yourself in their food.
The crazy thing about Italians is how much they eat, yet you won't find an Australian skinnier than all but the most gluttonous Italian.
Biting into that Pizza, you feel like a true Italian. There's no such thing here as a "meat lovers" or a "Hawain" pizza; so jammed with ingredients that Italians would cry at the sight. The Italian pizza consist of between 3 - 8 ingredients and have very little on it.
The flavour from those ingredients has my mouth watering at the thought.
A pizza in Italy will cost between 4EUR - 10EUR and for that price you will get a huge pizza for a huge appetite.
There was nothing like having a huge bowl of Italian pasta for lunch. The look, the smell, the flavour just screamed "eat me!".
Covered with a thick layer of parmesan and a rich tomato sauce, pasta has never tasted better.
The bread in Italy is incredible. Focaccia was definitely my favourite though, consisting of a thick, fluffy, slightly salty and full of flavour dough it was another thing found on every corner.
You could have it plain, where they would have a few herbs on top or you could have it like a pizza and get tomato, cheeses and all sorts of thing spread over the warm bread. It was a perfect snack and the "fast food" option for Italians - who would want MacDonald's when you could have focaccia.
On my day in Florence I lived on Gelato. Gelato for breakfast, gelato for lunch, gelato for dinner - I couldn't get enough of it.
Every corner you turn you will find a gelataria, pilled with gelato of all sorts of flavours. Chocolate, Maroni, Tiramisu, Vanilla, Strawberry, Mango, Raspberry, Pistaccio, Coffee - if you can imagine it there is a flavour of gelato for it.
It costs no more than 4EUR for a large and you can either have it in a cono (cone) or cup. Everywhere you looked people had gelato in their hands and were enjoying it as much as I was.
An Italian Tiramisu is strong and full of flavour. I was lucky enough to have my Great Aunt teach me how to make it, the secret on how to make it will go to my grave although the number one rule is just to keep that alcohol pouring into the mixture.
Tiramisu is a very common and typical Italian dessert and you can find it in any café or restaurant you walk in to.
One thing that you don't hear much about is the Italian hot chocolate. Any café I went to I would ask for a "Cioccolata Calda" (hot chocolate) and would be given a whole menu just dedicated to hot chocolates.
You could get milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, nutella, nougat, mint, coconut, berry, orange, ginger, maroni and even chilli.
It consisted more of melted chocolate rather than milk with a little chocolate powder hiding in it. You may not call it a drink as it was so thick you had to eat it with a spoon. It was heaven in a cup.
Once in Italy just go and enjoy ALL the food, although like they say in Eat, Pray, Love - you may need to buy a bigger pair of jeans.