There is no one Italian cuisine. Italy’s food is regional, so you need to know which foods are traditional cuisine for the area you are visiting.
Right now the Glam Italia Tour is on the Italian Riviera – are you following us on Instagram? The cuisine of the Riviera/Liguria is quite varied. The warm Mediterranean air makes the climate perfect for growing olives, basil, wine grapes and vegetables. The coast delivers amazing fresh fish. Food here is fresh, light and delicious.
There are many foods of Liguria, but here are 5 you need to try.
Liguria is the birthplace of pesto, and you find the very best pesto in the world here. Genoa pesto has to be made with a mortar and pestle and with very specific ingredients. You have to eat local pesto pastas and pesto with focaccia.
Instead of pizza here on the Riviera you will find focaccia, and they eat it throughout the day. It is crispy and golden, greasy and thick, and tastes like heaven. Eat it with coffee at breakfast time, grab a slice with olives and salt to go for lunch, eat fingers of it with local wine as an appetizer or eat it as your bread with dinner, any time of the day is fine!
Locals love Foccaccia di Recco, which is made with a local cheese from recco. You will probably want to run the Cinqueterre after eating so much bread!
Farinata is a very old recipe made from chickpea flour, water, olive oil and salt and is best eaten right out of the oven!
Pasta with mussels “cozze” cooked with garlic and white wine. Swoon worthy. Recipe here