Italian food is considered to be among the best in the world. It has become very much part of the eating habits in most countries: your everyday life is dotted with espresso, cappuccino, latte, pizza, prosciutto, mozzarella, spaghetti – all of which are quintessentially Italian.
But did you know the so-called Mediterranean diet, that is the kind of food typical of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea has even been included by Unesco in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?
The reasons are it has proven to be particularly healthy, as well as conducive to environment-friendly practices and it has a high potential in bringing together people of all ages and conditions. According to Unesco, “The Mediterranean diet emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity”.
And, let’s face it: Italian food in Italy usually tastes way better than somewhere else. How’s that? Simply because Italian food is based mostly on a huge variety of regional delicacies and fresh ingredients, and that’s not easy to reproduce anywhere else. And, besides, the atmosphere of an Italian market, a small winery or a shop filled floor to ceiling with hundreds of different kinds of cheese is quite unique!
The first thing to know when starting a food tour is: there’s no such thing as “Italian cuisine”. In Italy, each region has its own, very distintive food.
Italy is a rather small country in terms, but it boast an incredible variety of edible vegetal and animal species, as well as different climates. Much more than on big producers, Italian agriculture relies on a huge number of small suppliers, who continue to grow the same kind of vegetables and fruit typical of their region, that they have been growing for centuries.
Short: biodiversity is key. That’s why each kind of Italian regional food is so amazingly diverse.
On our food tour, I love to share my knowledge and passion about all food Italian, unveiling the secrets on how mozzarella is made, why some pizza tastes so much better than other, how many different ways there are to enjoy Italian coffee, and what makes gelato different from ice-cream.
The tour can take place in different areas of the city, depending on your preference, and on opening times of markets and shops that are part of the tour. In each itinerary there are 5 tastings included: supplì or other typical street food, pizza, coffee (or similar), a cheese and salami platter with a glass of wine, gelato. The tastings can be varied to suit your preferences (vegetarian, gluten-free etc.). So, just bring your appetite, and let's go!