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May 22, 2007 09:48 AM

Regional specialties

Like everyone else on here I am planning a trip to Milan, Florence, Venice, and Rome this summer. While it seems like every thread on here is about which restaurants to go to, most do not make mention of which dishes to order. Are there any regional specialties in these cities that shouldn't be missed? Or can I find good regional Italian food in pretty much any city? I'm looking for stuff like "Rome is best known for their pizza so you should make sure to eat a lot of it when you're there".

I will be the first to admit that I know very little about Italian cuisine, espeically regarding northern vs. southern so any tips would be much appreciated.


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  1. A few for starters:

    Venice: seafood: Branzini, Baramundi, assorted seafood appetizers, scampi...
    Rome: artichokes (roman style or fried), gnocci, meats

    General: pasta, gelato, panini, pizza, proscuito, bruschetta, Italian pastries, cheese, olives, olive oil, wine (Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti, Brunello di Montalchino, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Muscato), Limoncello, Compari,

    1. I can only speak for Rome, but I'll suggest:

      for breakfast: Cappucino & cornetto or, if you're lucky a maritozzo con panna
      Snack: Suppli' ( fried rice croquettes) ; porchetta ( whole roast suckling pig); pizza a taglio (pizza cut the size you want)
      since it's summer: granita di limone o caffe - crushed frozen lemonade or coffee
      Pasta: spaghetti cacio e pepe - spaghetti with romano cheese & black pepper
      bucatini all'amatriciana - pasta with tomatoes, onions & pancetta/guanciale
      pasta alla carbonara (though it might be to heavy in summer)
      Vegetables are great!