Bits and pieces…..here are some observations made while traveling in Italy! I wanted to break it up into two parts to stretch out your enjoyment:) Let me tell you about my regional food favorites, my gelato adventure in pictures in this first part, and some touring tips to help make your DIY Italy experience the best. Oh, and let’s not forget Aperol Spritz!!
Tuscany is known for its cured meats, particularly boar meat. It is also well known for its pecorino cheese. Their tomato sauce is simple and savory – made with crushed tomatoes, loads of garlic, even more olive oil and whole, dried pep(p)eroncini peppers placed in a tea strainer and marinated in the sauce while it boils on low (you know these peppers – we call them crushed red pepper and you find them at every house of pizza in the north east!) Tuscans do not shy away from slabs of steak, red wine and the joy that comes with experiencing a meal with friends and family. This is probably one of the BEST reasons to visit Italy and a part of the culture that is so endearing! Here is my sister-in-law’s aunt’s authentic Tuscan “gravy” recipe – this is EXACTLY like the one we made in our cooking class at our agriturismo. Also, what to do with leftover sauce!!!
Gelato – I take this business seriously and there is nothing more serious than Italian Gelato!!!! I haven’t met a gelato flavor I didn’t like but I do like some more than others – my favorites are chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, salted caramel and nutella! I always have my gelato in a cup to minimize loss due to melting, and a new flavor every time – how can you go wrong? Here is a picture diary of Italy through the eyes of a gelato aficionado! There’s no better way to sight-see!
What fun themes do you use when you travel? My gelato tour gave me a free pass to eat as much gelato as I wanted! Like one would NEED a reason!! When my son was little, he was FAR more interested in all the fountains at Disney than he was anything else – so I feel like it was a fountain tour of Disney!
In Part II of Bits and Pieces, learn to make the quintessential Italian refresher and learn who my favorite traveling companion is….hint: it’s not my husband – SSSHHHHH!