My lessons in Italian cuisine gained during my conversation with my Roman tour guide during my private two-hour Espresso, Gelato and Tiramisu walking tour around Rome were numerous…
- The primary difference between ice cream and gelato is the freshness of the ingredients, so it is much healthier with less sugar needed and less preservatives.
- Banana gelato should never be yellow. Bananas aren’t yellow, the peel is, so the color should be closer to white or light brown.
- Also, pistachio gelato should never be neon green, but a light green like the actual color of pistachios.
- Fettuccine Alfredo is an invented dish. Italians do not eat pasta with white sauces.
- White pizza is only for picky children.
- Pineapple is a fruit and does not belong on pizza, maybe as a dessert after dinner.
- If you order a pepperoni pizza you will get a pizza with peppers on it.
- No more than four toppings belong on a pizza.
- Chicken Parmesan is also an invented dish. Chicken is usually roasted. There is Eggplant Parmesan though.
- In Capri if you order Caprese, you will end up with a torte (a cake) instead of a salad made up of tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
- Cappuccino is only for breakfast.
- Italians drink about four cups of espresso a day, most drank at cafes while standing up (sitting down costs more).
Below are some pictures of the delights I enjoyed throughout my week in Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence and Capri.
To be honest, many of the meals and foods I ate were not full-on meals because I did still avoid dining alone (a teeny bit). I focused on atmosphere (as I will describe in some of the other posts on Italy). The best tasting meal I ate was the fresh fried calamari with lemon that I ate out of a paper cone in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre. It was a true test of the senses while sitting on a rock wall over the crashing waves… listening to the waves crashing all around me, smelling the salty sea air, looking up at the beautiful moon and delighting in the taste of the lemon flavored fried calamari. Quite amazing!
Flavors of gelato eaten by yours truly…
- Lemon Basil — my personal favorite
- Peach Lavender
- Chocolate Chip