Italy is famous around the world for its fabulous food. Simplicity is key to its cuisine, and though it varies from region to region the nation’s culinary identity is always focused on great ingredients. Most dishes will feature only a few, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Pizza and pasta – the de facto symbols of Italy’s food identity – are, of course, abundant and should never be forgotten. But meat, fish and vegetable dishes are presented just as lovingly, and nothing is ever an afterthought: cheese, bread, wine and antipasti are all stars in their own right.
At home, meal times are a big family event, with several courses served over a number of hours. When it comes to eating out, Italians are discerning diners, meaning that even the humblest of local establishments is likely to offer great service and excellent cuisine. From the traditional to the contemporary, Italy’s restaurants offer some of the most comforting, delicious and inventive dishes available anywhere – all paired with great service and fantastic wines.