10 Interesting Facts about Italian Food

A popular food in the world will be explained on Facts about Italian Food. One of the popular food in Italy is Pizza, followed by pasta, lasagna, sausage, risotto, spaghetti bolognese,  ice cream, cheese, bread, wine and more. You can found them in all over Italy, even in other country. Italian family loves for spending time together, including cooking, eating, sharing food, and telling stories. Although each region in Italy has different way of cooking. Here are ten interesting facts about Italian food.

Facts about Italian Food 1: Pizza

Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy in 1889. Actually there are many types of pizza but Pizza Margherita is the most popular pizza type. It was created by a pizza maker for Queen Margharetia with three colors of the Italian flag (green, white, red). The green color uses basil, white uses mozzarella cheese, and red uses tomato. That’s why the pizza was named Margherita.

Facts about Italian Food 2: Pasta

As we know that pasta is made from wheat flour, water, or even egg. There are many different types of pasta, including shapes, tastes, colors, toppings, and sauces. Most Italians eat pasta around 30 kilos or per person. That’s why it becomes the important food in Italy.

Italian Pasta

Italian Pasta

Facts about Italian Food 3: The ways to eat pasta

There are many ways to eat past in each region. For example in Rome, the carbonara and the cacio e pepe. Italians eat carbonara with eggs and pancetta. Whereas for cacio e pepe with cheese and pepper.

Facts about Italian Food 4: Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese was born in the Parmigiano-Reggiano region, Italy which is also known as the King of Italian Cheese. It is a kind of hard cheese which is usually used for pasta and salad, even can be eaten pure after dinner.

Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese

Facts about Italian Food 5: Polenta

Italian Polenta is a kind of food dish which is made from corn and maize. In the northern Italy, it is known as food for poor.

Facts about Italian Food 6: Bruschetta

A bread slice which is usually grilled in the oven is known as Bruschetta in Italy. Before grilled, a bread slice is smeared with garlic and oil. Tomato, ham, basil, olives, salami, or mozarella are usually used as toppings.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Facts about Italian Food 7: Fresh food

Italians really love to eat fresh food. That’s why they buy meat from the butcher, vegetables from the farmer, and bread from the baker. It is very delocious!

Facts about Italian Food 8:  Gelato

Everybody knows what is Gelato, especially for ice cream lovers. It is often eaten as a desert. Gelato is made from sorbet (fruit juice). That’s why it consists of many colors and flavors such as yellow for mango, green for mint, red for strawberry, white for lychee, etc. Yummy!

Italian Gelato

Italian Gelato

Facts about Italian Food 9: Pesto

Pesto is a green sauce which is made of crushed basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, grated parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. Italian usually dip their pasta dishes into pesto.

Facts about Italian Food 10: Wine

Italy becomes the top wine producer in the world. The Tuscan Chianti and the Piedmontese Barolo are the most famous wines in Italy. The other famous wines are Barbera d’Asti, Frascati, Morellino di Scansano, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and the Franciacorta and Prosecco.

The Tuscan Chianti wine

The Tuscan Chianti wine

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