Italian Food and Drink

Pasta butterflies (farfalle) with mozzarella, olives and salad, Italian dish
Pasta butterflies with mozzarella, olives and salad

Italy is well known for its special cuisine, one of the world’s great culinary traditions, and indeed the one that medical authorities consider as probably the healthiest: you can see that from, among other things, the fact that one of the top diets recommended by health authorities to maintain your body in good health is the Mediterranean Diet, which is largely Italian in origin and composition.

The other diet of choice that physicians recommend for disease prevention is the Low-Fat Diet, whereas a minority of the medical body advises a Low-Carbohydrate Diet. The Mediterranean Diet has also its own variation of Low-Carbohydrate Diet.

Dinner in Venice
Dinner in Venice

But obviously it’s not all just about health. Although the latter should be a primary concern, taste and enjoyment come a close second.

And Italy, luckily blessed by natural conditions like climate and temperature particularly suitable for agriculture and for growing of fruits and vegetables exceptionally good for human consumption, has an abundance of precious, sought-after, delicious, even rare ingredients to use in cooking and food preparation.

Products and ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, wine (of which Italy is the world’s largest producer), truffles, rocket salad, fennel, citrus fruits, and many others spring to mind.