What Foods Can You Not Miss on a Trip to Italy?

So – you’re planning a trip to Italy. With a country that has so much to offer, it is quite possible for you to become overwhelmed in all your travel planning. When you book your Italian culinary tour with Italian Culinary Adventures, we go the distance to provide you with a curated itinerary ensuring that you don’t miss the best that Italy has to offer. 

We will show you a wide range of regional delicacies, food, and wine that will touch not only your taste buds but also your soul. After all, food is one of the most sincere expressions of culture. It says a lot about an area’s residents, economy, history, and tradition. It is safe to say, nine times out of ten, food is the most integral part of the travel experience no matter where you end up. Explore further as we discuss the foods you don’t want to miss on your trip to Italy.

Pizza… Obviously!

Our Italian Culinary Tour will take you on the journey of a lifetime that starts with none other than pizza. And one of the most famous types of pizza comes from Naples and the Campania region. While our tours focus primarily on the Emilia-Romagna region, this region is a top priority when talking about authentic Italian pizza. 

Neapolitan style pizza is a classic pizza Margherita with thin flatbread style crust. Italians cook it to perfection in a traditional, screaming hot brick oven. This pizza is topped only with simple tomato sauce, whole basil leaves, and buffala mozzarella. If your mouth is watering already, good! That means you’re paying attention.

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Next up on our can’t-miss list of an Italian culinary tour, we have to talk about Balsamic Vinegar Di Modena. One of Italy’s most famous foods and produced solely in Modena of the Emilia Romagna region, traditional Balsamic Vinegar di Modena adheres to a strict set of regulations during production. It’s a method that has been passed down for many generations. The process starts by cooking special grapes down to a concentrated liquid, then carefully aging it over time in a series of wooden barrels.

Balsamic is unlike any ordinary vinegar condiment as it can be enjoyed on anything. Yes- anything! From salads and veggies, all the way to gelato! Trust us- authentic balsamic vinegar is sure to add a complex, acidic burst of flavor to anything it touches. It is a fine delicacy only made in Modena, and you need to try it when you’re visiting.

Don’t Forget the Parmesan Cheese

You can’t forget about Parmesan Cheese in Italy either. Our Italian culinary tour makes it a point to stop at historic cheesemakers in their native region of Emilia-Romagna. Try not to let your jaw drop as you behold the massive wheels of carefully aged parmesan cheese, stacked up to two stories high! This iconic cheese is often imported to the US, but nothing compares to a piece broken fresh off the wheel.

Parmesan cheese has a sharp, salty flavor profile that people savor on its own, or finely grate it on top of pastas, meats, and vegetables. In our opinion, the best way to enjoy a piece of parmesan cheese is simply with a well-paired glass of local Italian wine. YUM!

Schedule an Italian Culinary Tour Today

These items are a representation of the most iconic regional foods throughout Italy. Nevertheless, there are plenty more that we hope you will try during your stay. Should you have any further questions, be sure to contact us at Italian Culinary Adventures. Get in touch with one of our seasoned travel guides at 1-818-438-2346 to book your tour today.