OPINION: Want to eat well in Italy? Here’s why you should ditch the cities

OPINION: Want to eat well in Italy? Here’s why you should ditch the cities

Most international visitors to Italy's major cities are no doubt hoping to sample the country's famed culinary delights. But if you want to savor the best of real Italian cuisine you'll need to travel further afield, writes Silvia Marchetti.

How going ‘hyperlocal’ can help you discover Italy’s hidden treasures
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How going ‘hyperlocal’ can help you discover Italy’s hidden treasures

RECIPE: How to make real Italian bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

RECIPE: How to make real Italian bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

Prosecco wars: Italy protests Croatia’s bid for special status for its prošek wine

Prosecco wars: Italy protests Croatia’s bid for special status for its prošek wine

How to spot good quality gelato in Italy – and how to suss out the fakes

How to spot good quality gelato in Italy – and how to suss out the fakes

17 ways your eating and drinking habits change when you live in Italy
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17 ways your eating and drinking habits change when you live in Italy

Ask an expert: ‘How do I sauce pasta the Italian way?’

Ask an expert: ‘How do I sauce pasta the Italian way?’

Ask an expert: ‘What’s the difference between Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano and parmesan cheese?’

Ask an expert: ‘What’s the difference between Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano and parmesan cheese?’

The ten ‘unbreakable’ rules for making real Italian pasta alla carbonara

The ten ‘unbreakable’ rules for making real Italian pasta alla carbonara

‘Disgusting knockoffs’: Italians warn foreign cooks over carbonara recipes

‘Disgusting knockoffs’: Italians warn foreign cooks over carbonara recipes

Traditional Italian Easter food you can make at home during lockdown
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Traditional Italian Easter food you can make at home during lockdown

There’s more to Easter than eggs: Italy’s delicious alternatives to Easter chocolate

There’s more to Easter than eggs: Italy’s delicious alternatives to Easter chocolate

How to decipher Italy’s mind-boggling pasta menus
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How to decipher Italy’s mind-boggling pasta menus

Italian recipe of the week: The perfect spaghetti carbonara

Italian recipe of the week: The perfect spaghetti carbonara

Italian recipe of the week: Frappe ripiene di nutella

Italian recipe of the week: Frappe ripiene di nutella

Italian recipe of the week: Lasagna con carciofi fritti

Italian recipe of the week: Lasagna con carciofi fritti

Italian recipe of the week: Creamy gnocchi with cheese, sausage and walnuts

Italian recipe of the week: Creamy gnocchi with cheese, sausage and walnuts

Italian researchers unearth ancient fast food joint in Pompeii

Italian researchers unearth ancient fast food joint in Pompeii

Here’s why Italians eat lentils on New Year’s Eve

Here’s why Italians eat lentils on New Year’s Eve

Why you shouldn’t suck prawn heads during an Italian Christmas feast

Why you shouldn’t suck prawn heads during an Italian Christmas feast

How Christmas dinner changes depending where you are in Italy
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How Christmas dinner changes depending where you are in Italy

Panettone or pandoro: Which is the best Italian Christmas cake?

Panettone or pandoro: Which is the best Italian Christmas cake?

How to make creamy Italian hot chocolate

How to make creamy Italian hot chocolate

Italian expression of the day: ‘Il pacco da giù’

Italian expression of the day: ‘Il pacco da giù’

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast

The one pasta dish you have to try from each of Italy’s regions
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The one pasta dish you have to try from each of Italy’s regions

The common Italian food myths you need to stop believing
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The common Italian food myths you need to stop believing

How to make Tuscan mushroom soup, a delicacy from Maremma

How to make Tuscan mushroom soup, a delicacy from Maremma

Eight of the tastiest Italian foods for autumn

Eight of the tastiest Italian foods for autumn

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Italian woman makes stuffed olives while having brain surgery

Four simple and authentic Italian recipes to make this weekend

Four simple and authentic Italian recipes to make this weekend

Italian recipe of the week: Cupola di fragola

Italian recipe of the week: Cupola di fragola

Ten of the most delicious street foods in Italy

Ten of the most delicious street foods in Italy

Italian recipe of the week: Bottoni di patate alla pizzaiola

Italian recipe of the week: Bottoni di patate alla pizzaiola

Italian recipe of the week: Cheesy broccoli and potato croquettes

Italian recipe of the week: Cheesy broccoli and potato croquettes

Italian recipe of the week: Pancetta-wrapped spinach and ricotta involtini

Italian recipe of the week: Pancetta-wrapped spinach and ricotta involtini

Italian recipe of the week: Saffron linguine with clams and zucchini

Italian recipe of the week: Saffron linguine with clams and zucchini

Italian recipe of the week: Mozzarella-stuffed mini focaccia

Italian recipe of the week: Mozzarella-stuffed mini focaccia

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Recipe of the week: Pistachio and mortadella lasagna with provolone

Life in Italy: How to spend 24 hours living the Italian way

Life in Italy: How to spend 24 hours living the Italian way

How to make a classic Italian tiramisù

How to make a classic Italian tiramisù

Climate crisis: Italian beekeepers suffer ‘worst honey harvest ever’

Climate crisis: Italian beekeepers suffer ‘worst honey harvest ever’

‘Don’t kill Italian food’: Protesters urge Pompeo to stop US tariffs on cheese, wine and parma ham

‘Don’t kill Italian food’: Protesters urge Pompeo to stop US tariffs on cheese, wine and parma ham

How life on a tiny Aeolian island inspired Italy’s top female chef

How life on a tiny Aeolian island inspired Italy’s top female chef

How to make courgette pancakes with cream sauce and tiger prawns

How to make courgette pancakes with cream sauce and tiger prawns

How to make an Italian cherry tomato confit

How to make an Italian cherry tomato confit

How to make cheesy cauliflower fritters, a south Italian street food

How to make cheesy cauliflower fritters, a south Italian street food

How to make pasta alla gricia, Italian cuisine before tomatoes

How to make pasta alla gricia, Italian cuisine before tomatoes

What you need to know about shopping at Italian food markets

What you need to know about shopping at Italian food markets

How to make Neapolitan octopus salad

How to make Neapolitan octopus salad

How to make gnocchi alla Sorrentina from scratch

How to make gnocchi alla Sorrentina from scratch

How to make lasagne parmigiana, two Italian favourites in one

How to make lasagne parmigiana, two Italian favourites in one

How to make ‘white’ parmigiana, a simple version of an Italian classic

How to make ‘white’ parmigiana, a simple version of an Italian classic

How to make peperoni imbottiti, Italian stuffed peppers

How to make peperoni imbottiti, Italian stuffed peppers

How to make the classic pasta alla puttanesca

How to make the classic pasta alla puttanesca

Parmesan and prosciutto wars: Why Italy doesn’t want nutrition labels on its traditional foods

Parmesan and prosciutto wars: Why Italy doesn’t want nutrition labels on its traditional foods

How to make Pugliese green beans in tomato sauce

How to make Pugliese green beans in tomato sauce

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How to make the perfect Italian sausage and mushroom pasta bake

Seven reasons why living in Italy can be bad for your health

Seven reasons why living in Italy can be bad for your health

How to make Italian ‘eggs in purgatory’

How to make Italian ‘eggs in purgatory’

How to make pasta with chickpeas, a dish fit for the Romans

How to make pasta with chickpeas, a dish fit for the Romans

How to bake your own rosemary focaccia

How to bake your own rosemary focaccia

How to make spinach frittata, a true Italian classic

How to make spinach frittata, a true Italian classic

How to make Neapolitan fried pizza

How to make Neapolitan fried pizza

Italian recipe of the week: Strawberry and limoncello tiramisù

Italian recipe of the week: Strawberry and limoncello tiramisù

OPINION: In defence of spaghetti bolognese
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OPINION: In defence of spaghetti bolognese

What is it that makes living in Italy so healthy?

What is it that makes living in Italy so healthy?

Italian mayor rails against spaghetti bolognese: ‘It’s fake news’

Italian mayor rails against spaghetti bolognese: ‘It’s fake news’

Made-in-Britain mozzarella on the rise as Brexit looms

Made-in-Britain mozzarella on the rise as Brexit looms

85 percent of bread sold in Italy is ‘fresh and artisanal,’ study says

85 percent of bread sold in Italy is ‘fresh and artisanal,’ study says

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‘Pizza makes me happy’: More than half of Italians say pizza is their favourite food

‘A dream come true’: The Aussie expat in the finals of an Italian TV cooking competition

‘A dream come true’: The Aussie expat in the finals of an Italian TV cooking competition

The must-try foods from every region of Italy
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The must-try foods from every region of Italy

The one dessert you have to try in each of Italy’s regions
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The one dessert you have to try in each of Italy’s regions

This map shows where to find the very best pizza in Italy

This map shows where to find the very best pizza in Italy

The words and phrases you need to know to decipher Italian restaurant menus
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The words and phrases you need to know to decipher Italian restaurant menus

Nine delicious Italian summer delicacies you have to taste

Nine delicious Italian summer delicacies you have to taste

The curious history of Nutella, the world-famous Italian spread

The curious history of Nutella, the world-famous Italian spread

Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand
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Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand

The original recipe for authentic bolognese sauce

The original recipe for authentic bolognese sauce