A lot of people go to Italy for the food, Russell's favourite cuisine in the whole world is Italian but I can take it or leave it. Apart from prosecco & tiramisu I'm not too fussed for Italian food & drink, it would be way down the list of my favourites - in case anyone cares, my favourite is Mexican.
So anyway, after 3 weeks & 3 days in Italy I've changed my mind. It was awesome!
Let's start with pizza - no pictures unfortunately because they were so good we'd eaten them before we even thought to take a picture. What i loved about the pizza was that you can buy it anywhere at any cost and it will be ace. We used to get a massive margherita to share from the local pizzeria in Bologna for 3 euros and at lunch time that included a drink!
Now onto pasta - i am a fan of pasta especially spaghetti bolognese & lasagna, i had my 1st lasagna in Rome on our last night & Russell had the best risotto he's ever had. It was truffle & musgroom. Best things he's eaten in 3 years. He was seriously excited about it. The lasagna was also really good - the best i've ever had.
So 'spaghetti bolognese' was invented in Bologna but really they invented tagliatelle bolognese/ragu, they would never serve the bolognese with spaghetti like we do. I ordered the tagliatelle bolognese on our 1st night there and i was in heaven, it was just perfect. This was at a really cool studenty restaurant that was really cheap aswell. We had tagliatelle bolognese , some veggie pasta, chips, bread, a bottle of water & a whole litre of really good Italian red wine for 24 euros - again no picture, it was too delicious to think of getting the camera out. I had tagliatelle bolognese once more in Bologna, it was still better than any i've had at home but not as good as the 1st night (and it was a lot more expensive). Here it is
In Italy instead of ice cream they have gelato & there is a gelato shop on every corner. Gelato is different to ice cream, it is made more manually, it's creamier and the best bit - its only 10% fat which is way lower than ice cream. The Italians believe it is good for you & you should eat it at least twice a day. Well let me tell you - we tried our hardest. It is soooo much nicer than ice cream and it is perfect for cooling you down on a hot day. I was surprised how many Italians were eating it - i thought it was a touristy thing but they eat this stuff like it's going out of fashion. When you order gelato you are entitled to 2 flavours, even if you're only buying the smallest tub or cone so that is pretty cool, you get to try more flavours and there are a lot to try!
Just as important as food is wine and Italy knows it. The price of wine is laughably cheap. By cheap i mean less than 2 euros for a litre in a supermarket or 7 euros for a litre in a restaurant. It was all excellent. I even found a gorgeous bottle of prosecco for 3.99. Our favourite thing was these little shops they have where you take an empty bottle in & they fill it up with wine for 1.92 a litre. In Venice we saw one of these shops un-expectedly so quickly downed our bottle of water and got it re-filled with wine for 1 euro (it was a 500 ml bottle) then we sat on 1 of the many bridges and drank it - ace way to spend 30 mins. My favourite wine story is that the club we loved in Bologna sold prosecco for 3 euros for a massive glass - i really took advantage on 2 nights but paid for it the next day.
|Russell loved this Chianti. Tuscany has some serious skills apparently.|
|5 litres of vino rosso|
Now this was a good one. Very chocolatey, even had hard pieces of chocolate in it. Still not enough booze though. 7.5/10
I was expecting a lot from this one as it came with recommendations and my expectations were met. It was a lot firmer than the others and had a great taste. Still not enough booze 8.5/10
We were trying not to spend money in Turin so I bought a tiramisu at the supermarket. It was nice but not as good as English supermarket tiramisu. 6/10
Again really nice and this was firm like the tiramisu in Bologna. Still need more booze for god's sake!! 8/10
So Bologna won surprise surprise - the food capital of Italy! However, I've made better tiramisu at home than i had in Italy and it's possible Sainsburys was better than all of them. I think I am used to boozy tiramisu but that just isn't that way it is done here.
The food & drink in Italy is really good - it seemed like everything we ate, was the best of that thing we'd ever had. Even something as small as a plumb was the best plumb ever. If you love Italian food i would definitely say get yourself to Bologna.
Hope i haven't made you too hungry ;)