italian food

The most challenging thing about visiting Italy is trying to make more room for food. You’ll eat burrata and prosciutto for an antipasto, pasta as a first course, meat as a second, and then somehow be expected to eat tiramisu and gelato on your walk home. What a struggle.

Italy is undeniably one of the best countries in the world to visit for food lovers. It has a range of flavors that have been passed down from generation to generation. The care for the quality of the food is unmatched, and these 15 photos demonstrate just that. Here’s a visual journey that supports the notion that Italy has the best food in the world.

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1. Tiramisu

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The king of Italian desserts. Both Veneto and Friuili-Venezia Giulia claim to be home to the “original” tiramisu. You’ll just have to visit both spots.

2. Cacio e Pepe

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Cheese + Pepper = Cacio e Pepe. Simple, but exquisite.

3. Burrata

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There’s a ton of cheese to try in Italy, so don’t limit yourself. That being said, the parmesan, pecorino, and burrata are to die for.

4. Panini

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All Antico Vinaio in Florence is our favorite sandwich in the world. Seriously. It’s the only sandwich shop that made our top 5 places to eat in Florence.

5. Carbonara

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Bacon, eggs, and cheese on Pasta. What’s not to love? The restaurant featured above (Da Enzo) is located in Rome and is our favorite restaurant in Italy. Make a reservation over a month in advance, it’s tiny and busy.

6. Florentine Steak

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Thick cut, marbled, and served sizzling.

7. Pizza

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You’re hard-pressed to find a bad slice of pizza in Italy. One of our favorite tips is to check local bakeries for pizza – they do it right!

8. Fried Zucchini Blossoms

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The vegetables in Italy are fresh and locally sourced. Be sure to try the fried zucchini flowers.

9. Charcuterie

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Capicola, pancetta, salami, and prosciutto crudo are the go-tos.

10. More Pizza

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The dish so nice we posted it twice.

11. Orecchiette

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These little bites of deliciousness can be found throughout Apulia (the heel of the boot).

12. Cannoli

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Grab an espresso and a cannoli every chance you get.

13. Tortellini

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Whether they’re stuffed with meat, cheese, or all the above, the tortellini throughout Italy is always a winner.

14. Bolognese

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For those who like a little meat in their pasta.

15. Gelato

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Finish off every meal with two scoops of gelato. It’s a requirement when traveling Italy.