Italy’s Culinary Delights: 18 Must-Try Food, Drink, and Dessert on Vacation

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Vacationing in Italy is an extraordinary experience for foodies, as the country offers a wealth of traditional culinary delights and drinks to savor. 

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From the first bite of a freshly baked pizza Margherita to the last sip of a velvety espresso, every meal becomes an unforgettable journey through Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage.  

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With every bite and sip, travelers are transported to the heart of Italian culture, surrounded by centuries of culinary mastery.

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Sicilian specialty of deep-fried rice balls stuffed with various fillings like ragù (meat sauce), mozzarella, and peas.



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A Milanese dish of braised veal shanks cooked with vegetables, white wine, and broth, traditionally served with gremolata (lemon zest, garlic, and parsley).

Osso Buco


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A thick-cut T-bone steak from Florence, seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled to perfection, often served rare or medium-rare.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina


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Large pasta tubes filled with meat, cheese, or spinach, baked in the oven with tomato sauce and cheese.



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A Sicilian dessert made with sponge cake, sweetened ricotta cheese, candied fruits, and marzipan, often decorated with colorful icing.

Cassata Siciliana


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