The Classical Food of Italy
Last week, Pullmantur took a closer look at some of the culinary delights you might be able to try around the southern coast of Spain. Sticking with this theme, Pullmantur heads in an easterly direction towards Italy – a country that boasts some of the world’s most famous dishes.
Whilst nearly everyone has tried the famous pizza and pasta dishes, each region has something completely different to offer. From La Spezia on the western coast to the capital city of Rome, we take a closer look at the culinary delights that make Italy the ultimate foodie destination.
La Spezia – Focaccia
These days, focaccia is available around the world and comes with a variety of different toppings and/or fillings. Very few people know, however, that focaccia is native to the region of Liguria – of which La Spezia and Genoa fall into.
Focaccia has spread across the whole of the country and each region will offer a different variation. In some regions, the focaccia consists of a hard, biscuit-like base; whilst in other regions it will be stuffed with meat and cheese. In La Spezia and Genoa, though, you may encounter focaccia dolce (sweet focaccia) which consists of a standard dough base, sprinkled with sugar and topped with raisins, honey and other sweet ingredients.
Genoa – Pesto
Another staple of Italian cuisine that has become famous around the world is pesto – a paste consisting of many ingredients, but most commonly basil, pine nuts and olive oil. Many venues in Genoa will take advantage of the freshest Mediterranean ingredients by pounding them together in a mortar and pestle.
This radiant green concoction can form an ideal base for pasta and focaccia, and can also be used to stuff a chicken breast. If you’re looking for a light lunch on shore whilst in Genoa and fancy a vegetarian-friendly taste of the Mediterranean, look no further than linguine with traditional basil pesto.
Rome (Civitavecchia) – Fritti
In the capital city of Italy, you will inevitably find a taste of everything this country has to offer. However, if you’re looking for a simple snack that won’t ruin your appetite prior to a fantastic evening meal on board your ship, you needn’t look any further than fritti.
Fritti is the cooking style of using room temperature solid and liquid fats to apply a fried coating to a particular ingredient or series of ingredients. This style of cooking dates back as far as Ancient Rome and today, you will find many stalls selling a wide collection of fried foods from salt cod to green tomatoes.
Palermo (Sicily) – Gelato
Another staple food of Italy and perhaps the finest type of ice cream in the world. Gelato gets its place in this blog not only for being sweet and delicious; but also because it’s possible that it may have originated from Sicily.
During the times of Ancient Rome, a relay of runners would collect ice and snow from Mount Etna to be preserved underground. It would then be used to form an array of desserts and this is thought to be the origins of gelato as we know it today. If you’re walking along the Sicilian coast, you’ll find no shortage of stalls selling gelato in a wide variety of flavours from chocolate to pistachio.
Naples – Pizza
Pizza is arguably the most popular and renowned creation of Neapolitan cuisine. It has a history of being served to a long list of royals – none of which were disappointed! In 1889, Raffaele Esposito created a very special pizza in honour to Queen Margherita of Savoy. This pizza represented the colours of the Italian flag: red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella) and green (basil); and has been referred to as the Margherita pizza ever since.
Whilst you will find many different styles of pizza across Italy, the Neapolitan is arguably the most traditional. It is distinctive by its thick and crispy crust and thin centre base, which is topped with vibrant and colourful ingredients.
However you enjoy getting the most out of each destination, you’ll be able to do it all on board a Pullmantur cruise. The all-inclusive nature on Pullmantur ships means that you’ll be able to return from each destination to a hearty and wholesome meal before relaxing in one of the bars and lounges.Tweet