Undoubtedly, one of the best things about going to Italy is sampling the local food. The Italians pride themselves on the quality of their food and we have a number of routes for you to walk whilst sampling some of the finest food in the world. We have the Via Francigena, St Francis Way, Via Appia and Cinque Terre all for you to combine walking with some of the most incredible food. When we think of Italy, we imagine pizza, pasta and a sweet gelato but here is a list of must try foods on your walk.
- Bistecca alla Fiorentina
A very typical dish from Tuscany. Traditionally the meat comes from a Tuscan breed of cattle called the Chianina. Cooking the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is definitely an art, the steak should be almost charred with distinct grill lines from having been over live charcoal coals. The steak has a classic T-shape and in the city of Florence, it is general practise for the restaurant to show you the steak before cooking it. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is generally considered by those in the know as flavoursome, with a generally smooth, butter-like texture that melts in the mouth.
2. Risotto ai funghi
Another famous traditional combination typical from the northern mountain ranges of Italy. The Mushroom risotto is often topped with shaved truffles and the cream consistency of enhances the natural flavour and texture of mushrooms. The continuous stirring of the rices makes the starchy exterior of the grains turn into a creamy sauce, mixed with the broth.
3. Taleggio Cheese
Taleggio is a semi soft, smear-ripened Italian cheese hailing from the north of Italy. It is very typical in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia and Lecco. The cheese has a thing crust and a strong aroma, but its flavour is comparatively mild with a fruity tang. The cheese can be eaten grated with salads such as rocket and with spices and tomato on bruschetta. It melts well, and can be used in risotto.
If you are finishing up your pilgrimage in Rome, then you must try some of the street food on offer. To go for something different, why not try Suppli? Suppli is Rome’s favourite street food and is the perfect choice for a hearty, comforting bite on the go. Suppli is traditionally prepared with risotto rice, cooked with a tomato ragu, rolled into an oval shape with a piece of mozzarella, then dipped in egg, bread crumbs and deep fried.
5. Follow the honey route in Tuscany
Honey is a rich source of energy, perfect for the days walking the trails in Italy. The honey made in the Lunigiana region is unequaled in Italy. The honey here was the first in Italy to obtain a designated protected region. There are two types of honey in this region; acacia and chestnut honey.
So if you are looking to further advance your taste buds, then look no further than trying some of these gastronomic delights on your walking trip in Italy. If you are interested in walking any of our trails in Italy or for more information, contact our specialists today.