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The Best Italian Food & Wine

HISTORY, INFO, PLACES, INTERESTING FACTS
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Welcome to WebFoodCulture! This site is dedicated to the most typical Italian food and wine specialties. We will explain what makes them so special and inimitable, starting with their history and their places of origin. We will spice up this with lots of information and interesting facts. Finally, we will discover the most traditional restaurants and producers: this way you will be able to savor the most authentic flavor of these excellences of taste. Enjoy reading or, rather, buon appetito!

Typical Italian food and wine: the Venetian bacari.

Venice, the ‘city on the water’, is also the city of bacari: small, typical taverns where it’s possible to enjoy delicious appetizers, the ‘spuncioni’, accompanied by many glasses of wine, the ‘ombre’. (read more)

Origin: Italy       Typology: Street Food

Florentine Lampredotto.

Lampredotto is a delicious sandwich stuffed with beef offal, typical of the Florentine gastronomy. Let’s find out all its secrets while walking through the ancient streets of the Tuscan capital. (read more)

Origin: Italy
Typology: Street Food

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Fettuccine Alfredo.

Fettuccine Alfredo is an Italian pasta specialty that, strangely enough, is very little known in Italy. On the contrary, it has always been very popular in the U.S.A., where it was once loved by many famous actors. (read more)

Origin: Italy
Typology: First Courses

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The Sicilian Arancini.

When hearing about Sicilian cuisine, arancini immediately come to mind: this rice-based specialty, in fact, sums up the taste, aroma and colors of the exuberant culinary tradition of the Italian island(read more)

Origin: Italy
Typology: First Courses

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Neapolitan Casatiello.
Neapolitan Casatiello.

The Neapolitan Casatiello is a savory bread typically enjoyed during Easter. It’s distinguished by a ring shape adorned with eggs. Each slice offers a taste of the city’s history, culture, and artisanal baking techniques. (coming soon)

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WebFoodCulture and Alessandro Barbero.

Asked about the origins of the Italian culinary excellences, the renowned historian Alessandro Barbero replies, “We should not believe that a dish that we consider traditional and central to our local cuisine existed back in the 1800s. Well, not necessarily, it’s important to check case by case”. That said, the main goal of WebFoodCulture is exactly to investigate, case by case, the true genesis of the specialties from the ‘Belpaese’, explaining to its readers when a story is just a fascinating legend.

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REGIONAL SPECIALTIES

Specialties from Veneto Region.

Veneto Region, thanks to its particular morphology including flat, mountainous and coastal areas, can boast a food and wine industry rich in a wide variety of specialties. Tasty delicacies, just perfect to accompany tourists while visiting splendid cities of art or enjoying breathtaking landscapes. Let’s find out all of them, with the precious help of their most traditional producers.
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Typical Italian food and wine: the Venetian Spritz.

‘Spritz’ is one of the most popular and appreciated Italian long drinks. Its basic recipe is very simple and was invented in the Veneto region in the 19th century. Over the years, it evolved into numerous variations: currently the best known is the ‘Aperol Spritz’, made using Aperol bitter.
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THE EXCELLENCES OF ITALIAN TASTE

Pasta Carbonara.

Carbonara is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most appreciated Italian pasta specialties: a simple dish prepared with equally simple ingredients, which, although it cannot boast of very ancient origins, is considered very traditional. This happens because it represents the perfect synthesis of a culinary sensibility matured over the centuries in a precise geographical area. A sensibility making this delight of the palate one of the most representative symbols of the gastronomy of Rome and, more in general, of the entire Lazio Region. (read more)

Origin: Lazio       Typology: First courses

How is Balsamic Vinegar made?

In this article we will find out how Balsamic Vinegar is made. A very ancient procedure whose origins date back to the time of the pharaohs, handed down from father to son and used still today by the most traditional producers of this specialty, gathered in the Balsamic Vinegar Consortia. (read more)

Cotechino.

Cotechino is one the most exquisite Italian sausages, heir to a millennia-old tradition that some scholars trace back to the ancient Egyptians. Made from pork meat and rind, it comes in different variations according to the production zone. The most famous is that of Modena. (Read more)

Origin: Modena (Emilia-Romagna)
Typology: Main courses / Cold Cuts

Neapolitan Sfogliatella.

There is no doubt that Sfogliatella is rightfully part of the Neapolitan confectionary Olympus, along with other renowned delights such as Babà, Struffoli, and Pastiera. Despite its apparent simplicity, this pastry has a unique flavor.
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Origin: Naples (Campania)
Typology: Desserts

Buffalo Mozzarella for Margherita Pizza.

Buffalo mozzarella is a key ingredient in the preparation of the queen of pizzas: the ‘Margherita’. In this regard, it’s important to remember that the world’s most-known Neapolitan specialty can also be made using ‘normal’ mozzarella (i.e., ‘Fior di Latte STG‘ made from cow’s milk). (read more)

BEVERAGES

Lambrusco wine.

The birth of Lambrusco wine is closely linked to the evolution of the wild vine (‘vitis silvestris’) growing in the territories of the current provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma and Mantua. The earliest records relating to this wine date back to classical times and are included in the literary works of Cato (‘De agri cultura’), Varro (‘Naturalis Historia’), Pliny the Elder and Virgil. (read more)

Origin: Emilia-Romagna / Lombardy      Typology: Wines

We (Italians) would not be what we are if we were not slightly alcoholic
(Philippe Daverio – The Europe of the Stomach)

DOCG wines: complete and updated list. (2024)

STREET FOOD

Piadina Romagnola.

Unleavened flatbread is a very ancient type of food, that has evolved into many forms over the centuries. ‘Piadina’ is one of them. This specialty was born in one of the most interesting Italian regions from a food and wine point of view: Romagna. (read more)

Origin: Emilia-Romagna
Typology: Street Food

Napolitan fried pizza.

Even if specialties similar to fried pizza can be found in many parts of the world, the one from Naples boasts unique features: many of them are related to the particular nature of the city. These peculiar characteristics make it special. (read more)

Origin: Naples (Campania)
Typology: Street Food

Using a ‘cuoppo’ for fried food.

In Naples the ‘cuoppo’ (also known as ‘cuopp’), a cone made with straw paper, is used by the local people to carry around the delicacies just bought in a ‘friggitoria’ (typical fried food shop).
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NOT JUST ITALY: SPECIALTIES FROM THE WORLD

How is Tabasco made?

If there is a food product that, more than many others, is generally associated with the idea itself of extreme spiciness, it’s Tabasco. Let’s find out how the specialty invented in the second half of the nineteenth century by Edmund McIlhenny is made (read more)

Origin: Luoisiana (U.S.)
Typology: Sauces & Condiments

Wasabi sauce.

‘Wasabi’ is one of the symbols of Japanese gastronomy: it’s a soft, green-colored paste that can boast ancient origins, often used to accompany sushi. This condiment stands out for a particular kind of spiciness. (read more)

Origin: Japan
Typology: Sauces & Condiments

‘Potato Chips’: music for the famous snack.

1956, the American jazz singer Bulee “Slim” Gaillard dedicates a song to one of the most famous snacks in the world. Not by chance, the name of the song is ‘Potato Chips’. (read more)

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