Eating is one of the greatest joys of traveling in Italy, a vivid insight into each region’s culture and traditions. Their dishes are made with seasonal, unpretentious ingredients, yet they taste like something you’d get in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
To try to determine which of Italy’s amazing foods are the “best” is like trying to prove pizza is better than pasta – it’s strictly a matter of personal taste and I know everyone is going to have their own opinion.
What is your favorite Italian food? Fans of soup are sure to love minestrone and pasta e fagoli, while dessert lovers can enjoy tiramisu or a cannoli. A lot of Italian food is full of carbs, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/18/foodanddrink/italy-for-eaters-food-destinations/ making it the perfect comfort food. Italian food is also known for being filled with all sorts of flavors. From tomatoes to creams to fruits, you’ll find all sorts of palate pleasers among the top Italian foods.
1. Chicken parmigiana — A classic dish that also works as a sub sandwich. Virtually anything breaded and deep-fried with melted cheese is going to be a hit.
2. Fettuccine alfredo — One of the heavier Italian sauces, a creamy alfredo sauce sticks best to wide noodles like fettuccini. While store-bought packages don’t do the dish justice, one can find the best alfredo-style sauces at Al Fresco Ristorante at 11710 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.
3. Lasagna — A classic dish, lasagna is a conglomeration of ingredients that reflect the taste of the person making it. The best lasagnas are home-made and include plenty of ground beef, sausage, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesean cheeses.
4. Linguine with clam sauce — Clam sauces vary, but the best examples of this dish come in a garlic and oil sauce and use whole clams. Il Giardino’s at 910 Atlantic Ave. has Linguine alla Vongole, the best local take on this meal.