Eating My Way Through Italy
Updated: Jul 25, 2018
There is a good reason why people refer to Italy as "Eatily", and it's not hard to figure out why. This is not only one of the most beautiful countries I've had the pleasure to visit, but also the most delicious. Here are some of my favorite meals from the trip!
*Warning - this post will make you hungry and/or drool. Read at your own risk.
If you're on a diet, don't come to Italy. The food makes up 90% of the experience! I'm not normally much of a pizza/pasta person back home, but you bet I ate a whole pizza to myself all 11 days of being there. I also topped it off with wine and with gelato, cause, Italy.
This beauty was my very first meal in Italy. Right on the Grand River in Venice, I finished every bite of this spaghetti pomodoro while watching gondolas go by.
It might not look like much, but this was my first and #1 favorite pizza on the whole trip. You can't go wrong with a simple Pizza Margherita.
Since day 1 consisted of pasta & pizza, I decided to go with a salad on day 2. My body thanked me, but my eyes were staring at Kathryn's pizza the whole time.
I had no idea cantaloupe + prosciutto (prosciutto e melone) was a thing, but it is actually a very popular (and tasty) appetizer in Italy. Weird combo but I'll take it!
Ice-cream is my favorite dessert, so being in Italy as the perfect excuse to eat gelato at least once a day (for the experience :P). This was my very first bite of gelato in Italy ^.
Can I just have one scoop of each?
The best gelato I had was at a place called Frigidarium in Rome. It was recommended by my friend who studied abroad in Rome, so I knew I could trust her. The line was out the door and around the corner, but SO worth it! You can have your gelato dipped in white or milk chocolate for free. Bring on the sugar rush.
My Rome-expert friend also recommended Pizzeria Da Baffetto. We both ordered The Baffeto pizza which came with an egg on top (basically healthy). The original Pizzeria Da Baffetto was closed for lunch, so luckily they had Da Baffetto 2 right around the corner by the same owners. It did not disappoint!
The few days spent in Cinque Terre was a (slight) break from pizza/pasta and more about the seafood! A couple on the train recommend Billy's Tratorilla in Manarola and let me tell you...it was one of the best meals of my life. We stopped here at the end of our 4 hour hike, and got a lovely seat on the outdoor patio right as they opened for dinner.
We split the seafood pasta paired with a bottle of white wine as an appetizer. It was delish!
We ordered the fresh fish of the day as our entree. The waiter literally brought us a plate of freshly caught fish and asked which one we wanted!! How much more fresh could it get?
Last, but not least, here is a frozen coffee from Rome. It was from a place called Tazza d'Oro right across from The Pantheon. It's like a slushy espresso topped with whipped cream. Coffee and dessert all in one, what's not to love?
I feel like I gained weight just writing this. If you've ever been to Italy, you can definitely relate. If you haven't been, hopefully this will inspire you! Best. Food. Ever.
*If you have any food restaurant recommendations in Italy, please let me know in the comments! I'll definitely be back.