Italian food is very regional. With over 20 regions, each with their own unique flavour (literally), it’s not uncommon for some dishes to be unique from one town to the next. If you’re planning a trip to Italy any time soon, here are some of the best regions to visit for fantastic food:
Parma, in Emilia Romagna is not only sprinkled with piazzas and palaces, but it is where you’ll find the king of cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano. This delicious pasta-topping cheese is made using just milk, whey, and salt, then aged for a minimum of 12 months before being sold worldwide. The left-over whey from the cheese process is then fed to the pigs that are destined to become the prized Prosciutto di Parma, a distinctively delicious ham.
Tuscany produces some of Italy's finest olive oils, pecorino cheese, Chianti wine and meat dishes. Bread, baked in giant, salt-free loaves, is an all-time favourite in this region, and locals incorporate it into almost everything they eat, particularly hearty vegetable soups, and salads.
Famous for its risotto and osso bucco, the locals of Lombardy, in northern Italy regularly indulge in rice and meat. Dotted with picturesque lakes and hills, northern Italy is regarded as a paradise for cheese lovers, particularly Lombardy, the birthplace of famous cheeses such as firm Gran Padano, blue-veined Gorgonzola, soft, ripe Taleggio, tangy Provolone, and creamy Robiola.Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and home to rich volcanic soil, thanks to Mount Etna. Here, fresh lemons, blood oranges, almonds, olives, and other fruit grow in abundance. Meat, including lamb, pork, veal, and rabbit, is also common in central Sicily, where locals claim they invented the polpetti meatball.
Home to the world’s first ever pizzeria, sunny Campania is also famous for its yummy buffalo mozzarella cheese, calzone (folded pizza) and lemons. Characterized by its fertile volcanic soil, which allows lush produce like San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, salad greens, figs, and lemons to grow, combine all the ingredients with a carb-loving culture and you end up with a taste of true Italian heaven.
For your own culinary tour of Italy, there are a number of airlines offering affordable tickets to Italy. Book your flights to Italy today and prepare to enjoy the delectable treats all across Europe's most famous boot-shaped country.