In 2013, Italian cuisine was ranked by CNN as the best cuisine in the world. No cuisine is as widespread as Italian, and while it lacks the high finesse of its French rival, its simplicity is part of the attraction.
Why try Italian food? We are not sure if we can justify why we love Italian cuisine in just a couple of reasons, but here it goes.
5 reasons to try Italian food
Italian cuisine has over 310 forms of pasta. Pasta rolled and folded around anything from nettles to prawn mousse, layered or filled and baked for lasagne or cannelloni or crusted up for mac n’ cheese.
And then there’s the other stuff Italians do with dough from pizza to panettone, focaccia, cornetto and panini. In Venice they’ll take stale bread and turn it into a polenta-like peara, bread sauce, while in Tuscany they’ll add it to soups such as pappa al pomodoro or salads such as panzanella. And do not forget their dreamy ways with rice, from risotto to arancini.
Love for vegetables
While the rest of the world shied away, all over Italy they found ways to work these vegetables into their cooking. So much so that capsicum and chilli has become synonymous with the south.
Italians love to cure
Not only were Italians early adopters of the nose-to-tail trend with cucina povera (peasant cooking) dishes such as osso buco, but they love to preserve and cure the abundance of the slaughter house to enjoy throughout the year. There’s not much to say here other than recite a litany of words that sound like a prayer answered for most good foodies: salami, sopressa, pancetta, gianciale, salsicce, mortadella, speck dell’Alto Adige, cotechino, lardo, zampone, coppa, mazzarelle, capicolla and bresaola.
Milk and cream
Whether it’s panna cotta, gelato, mascarpone, parmesan, ricotta, Taleggio, gorgonzola, melty fontina, burrata, pecorino, dolcelatte or tiramisu, the Italian cocine have a way with cream. And that doesn’t even include turning it into butter. And tiramisu would not be possible without another great Italian invention, the espresso machine, so better add a latte and cappuccino to the list, per favore.
Everything flows from the beautifully basic tenet that Italian food is about enhancing good ingredients at their peak. So many great dishes, from pizza margherita to spaghetti carbonara, are about just a handful of ingredients. It’s classic flavour combinations – think chocolate and hazelnuts, tomato and basil or melon and prosciutto – that underpin so much of the food we cook at home.
So there you have it, do not hesitate to try Italian food.
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