Updated: Sep 5, 2021
Italy has one of the famous, if not the most famous, cuisines in the world. Pasta, pizza, gelato, and of course, wine is the cornerstone of Italian dining. From Milan to Sicily, the country is home to countless iconic dishes and vineyards. So, whether you are searching for the perfect plate of gnocchi or a delicious glass of chianti, here are the top cities in Italy that every food and wine lover should visit.
Naples is best known for being the birthplace of pizza. Here you can find mouth-watering thin crust pizza cooked at a scalding 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The margarita pizza is the most classic in the area, and the recipe hardly varies from one restaurant to the next. While multiple places claim to have the best pizza in town, I’ll let you be the judge of that!
Parma is the namesake of one of the most famous cheeses in the world, Parmigiano. But that’s not the only classic Italian culinary staple named after the city. Prosciutto di Parma, the thinly sliced ham, is also said to have originated in Parma. Pair it with cheese and wine, and you’ve got a classic Italian aperitivo!
When life gives you lemons, make limoncello. The people of Sorrento have done just that! The tart yet sweet lemon-based liquor is a staple in Sorrento and is traditionally served ice-cold after a meal. While in Sorrento, you will find many other delicious dishes inspired by the citrus fruit, including lemon gelato, lemon cake, lemon pasta, and more.
If you are looking for a classic Italian sweet, head down to Sicily to pick up a cannoli. While cannolis are served all over the country, Sicily is home to the desert that is now synonymous with Italian patisserie. While in Sicily, you can even take a cooking class to learn how to make this sweet treat.
Chianti isn’t the only famous wine to come from Italy. While Prosecco isn’t a specific city, this region is a must-visit to add to the list. Winding between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano is Prosecco Road. The iconic road has lush vineyards lining it that exclusively produce the famous Italian bubbly. Like champagne, for a wine to be considered Prosecco, the grapes must have been grown in the Prosecco region.
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