Some facts about mouth-watering Italian cuisine
Did you know that every Italian eats 30 kg pasta a year?
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Italy? Maybe pizza, spaghetti, ice cream? Today we will share some interesting facts about Italian cuisine.
Did you know that the famous delicacy prosciutto was banned for export to the United States until 1989?
After 1700 the Italian cuisine began to add tomato sauce.
During the 13th century, the Pope defined quality standards for the pasta.
Did you know there are more than 600 macaroni shapes that are called pasta?
Most Italians eat pasta in some form every day. Every region in Italy is characterized by the various ways of presenting pasta. In Rome, for example, two of the classics, you can try are carbonara (prepared with eggs and pancetta) and the cacio e pepe (prepared with cheese and pepper).
The first pizza was made in Naples in 1889 and was named “Margarita” of the then queen.
The annual consumption of pasta in Italy is 30 kg per person.
Surely one of the best ice creams you can try is in Italy. If you are planning a trip to this country, be sure to take the following flavors: Nocciola – with hazelnut flavor, Croccantino – caramel with crunchy nuts, usually hazelnut and almond, Zabaione – custard, Stracciatella – vanilla with chocolate chunks, Spagnola – vanilla with cherries , Fragola – with strawberry.
The famous appetizer called “Caprese”, made of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, takes its name from the island of Capri, where was made for the first time.
In Italy, you can order many different kinds of coffee, including Ristretto (short coffee), Lungo (long coffee), Corretto (with a little alcohol), cappuccino, macchiato and others.
Traditional pepperoni pizza is different from the one we used to order. If you order one in Italy, they will bring you a vegetarian pizza with small chilies, while at home we get pizza with spicy sausage.
In Italian cuisine, corn was introduced as a product in 1600 and is the main ingredient in Italian polenta (a dish of boiled cornmeal).
Perfectly cooked pasta should be “al dente”, which means it is soft on the outside and slightly firm inside.
An Italian would never order a cappuccino after a meal. This coffee is taken only in the morning. Italians believe that milk interferes with proper digestion. Therefore, if you need something for a jump-start, order short coffee after good eating.
Olive oil is the main fat consumed in Italy. An Italian consumes 13.5 liters of olive oil per year.