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Travel. Food. Photo. Italy.

My month in Italy was an adventure centred around eating – regularly, indulgently, eating. As a result, this edition of Travel. Food. Photo. is kinda epic. I just had to taste all the glorious flavours that have radiated from this relatively small country and influenced deliciousness across the world.

Each region of Italy offers specialty produce and a different favourite dish, so I’ve arranged this post into regions. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

In Rome

My first ever gluten-free ice-cream cone and first taste of my new favourite gelato flavour, fruiti de bosco.

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Cooking dried pasta at ‘home’ to save money for the other foody regions we were still to encounter.

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Sharing chocolate mousse with a touch of lime.

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Smelling the goodness of pizzerias on almost every city block.

In Perugia, Umbria

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Hard cheeses and pepperoni from the local deli. Killer affogato from the gelataria near the historical centre look out.

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A starting selection of ten local meats – wow – and my first Italian gluten-free pasta (with black truffles mind you).

In Florence and Lucca, Tuscany

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City market produce fit for a royal picnic. Beef Carpaccio, arancini, mussels on every menu, gluten-free risotto with a many many cheeses.

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My first gluten-free Italian pizza!!!!!!!!

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Tiramisu, Pecan pie, fruit flans, custard tarts, biscotti, limoncello and more gelato – oh so sweet, oh so good!

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In Bologna and Parma, Emilia-Romagna

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The famous, buttery, satin-like, Parma ham served with fresh rockmelon. This was a bit of a ham revolution for me!

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Slow cooked pork cheek with Modena balsamic (from the neighbouring town and home of Balsamic Vinegar), beef ragu, green pasta lasagne and beef Carpaccio.

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Perfect bolognaise (ragu) named after the city from where it originated – Bologna.

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Bresaola with lime and parmesan. Travel food photo Italy - Bologna

White pizza made with such care and quality ingredients that it only needs mozzarella on the baked dough.

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Two-cheese tortellini with sauteed zucchini flowers. Travel food photo Italy - BolognaTravel food photo Italy - Bologna

The best dessert I’ve ever had the delight to taste – mascarpone and fresh peach slices.

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In Venice

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Plenty more gluten-free pasta – trying to eat my fill before leaving Italy.

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Seafood inspired markets and menus – cuttlefish, sardines, trout, sea bass, salmon, sole.

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Gnocchi with five cheeses, grilled polenta and with salted cod.

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Stay tuned for my soon-to-be published post about the amazing food of Bologna and Parma in Italy. My dining experiences there were just so special that they deserve a dedicated post!

12 comments on “Travel. Food. Photo. Italy.

  1. vettieroe
    September 9, 2012

    I’m visiting Rome in about a month. I cannot wait to taste at least a fourth of what you had during your stay.

    • Nic Freeman
      September 9, 2012

      How exciting Vettieroe! Wishing all the wonderful Italian meals you can handle.

      I didn’t eat out as much in Rome as in other places in Italy, but I would recommend looking up a few restaurants outside the main touristic areas to ensure top quality and reasonable prices.

      Have a great trip!

  2. Rustic Recluse
    September 9, 2012

    Oh gosh everything looks so yummy!

  3. Days of Summer
    September 10, 2012

    Oh how I miss Italy! Great post Nic :) Looking forward to the next

    • Nic Freeman
      September 10, 2012

      Thanks DoS. I was missing Italy quite a bit too after putting together this post :)

  4. catastrophicfindings
    September 10, 2012

    As I’m currently on a mission to shed a few stone, I probably shouldn’t have clicked on this post. That said, I’m happy I did as even though I can’t eat my way through Italy (and the world) I am always happy to see what’s next on your plate. :)

  5. mindfulwander
    September 10, 2012

    Your photos capture all of those foods so beautifully and mouth-wateringly! It looks like there was quite the variety between regions. Also I know what you mean about those white pizzas – so simple but so delicious!

  6. barbdsykes
    September 13, 2012

    Yummy. I have to start planning my trip. Amazing photos.

  7. kathy
    September 17, 2012

    this is why i need to go to Italy…one day!! So hungry now. Sure i was Italian in another life

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