Continuing the post What to try in Italy from food today, BlogoItaliano will focus on the three most famous, perhaps, delicacies of Italian cuisine. And even though we do not plan to “discover America” with this post, we may recall the goodies without which a trip to Italy could not be considered complete.
No. 3 Prosciutto
Remembering prosciutto, you can not help but regret vegetarians, deprived of pleasure to taste this delicacy. And although the list of Italian dishes and pork products is very long, prosciutto is perhaps the most famous of them. The Emilia-Romagna region is best known for its prosciutto, and to be very scrupulous, the surroundings of Parma.
So prosciutto is italian hamrubbed with salt, which is produced from ham. The most famous of the varieties - Parma - is also famous for the fact that no other ingredients except sea salt are used for its production. The process of making the “right” prosciutto begins with raising pigs and feeding them a special menu, which can vary significantly depending on the manufacturer. Dry salting and drying for a long period - the secrets of dryness and amazing aroma of this prosciutto. On the table, prosciutto is most often served in sliced very thin slices.
Parma in September - the best place and time for lovers of Italian ham
The best time and place for ham lovers is Parma in September, when the city hosts the annual prosciutto festival. During the festival, many manufacturers arrange tours of their workshops, revealing to visitors the secrets of its preparation and allowing you to try the final product in all its diversity.
No. 2 Gelato
Even if you consider ice cream to be too harmful and high-calorie for your figure, then Italy is a country in which you can allow yourself to “sin”, and if you fall into sin once, you are unlikely to resist passing by colorful window dressing gelatiery.
Traditions italian ice cream many researchers still see the ancient Romans, but in the form that we know it now, gelato appeared in the 16th century in Florence. Although Florence appears as the city that gave the world a gelato, you should not get carried away with the idea that it is here that it is the best. Superb gelato in Italy can be found everywhere. Containing less air than the factory counterpart, sweeter and less cold, it allows you to subtly feel the gamut of taste. And the latter are amazing, because over 500 types of gelato are produced in the country. In general, to sin and sin ...
According to legend, gelato appeared in the 16th century in Florence
No. 1 Pizza
Perhaps the most famous article of Italian culinary exports, pizza very common on all Apennines. However, if we mention it separately, then, of course, the most famous pizza is prepared in Naples.
In Naples, famous for the invention of pizza, they take their brainchild very seriously. In the city, as well as throughout the Campania region, you can see pizzerias proudly displaying the “vera pizza napoletana” sign, which is, in fact, a sign of the quality of local pizza.
Neapolitan pizza served on the table in one piece
Traditional Neapolitan pizza served on the table in one piece and should be eaten with a knife and fork. Opinions about whether to separate the crust or eat whole pizza are shared even among the Neapolitans themselves. In terms of knife and fork, the tradition is more "severe": it’s considered wrong to touch pizza with your hands. One of the reasons for using cutlery is on the surface: Italian pizza is generally more “wet” than its counterparts outside of Apennine. It happened because the local mozzarella, used as one of the main ingredients, contains more water than foreign counterparts.
Regional differences in the preparation of pizza and the ingredients used are found throughout Italy, however, in order to get the most colorful experience, it is worth going to Naples.
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