Italian Gastronomy Guide

Italian Gastronomy

Ask most people what their favorite food is, and you are likely to hear Italian. Pizza, pasta, Italian olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano, Prosciutto-these are all universally adored across the planet. Even lesser known Italian ingredients such as Nduja from Calabria, Amarena cherries and Mostarda from Cremona are gaining wider global appeal. For all you Italian food lovers we have profiled a number of ingredients such as these (olive oil, balsamico, etc) as well as Italian cured hams (such as Culatello, the Bentley of Ham), Cheeses (including a glossary from Italian), Chocolate from Italy, a detailed Gastronomy by region piece and an A-Z Italian to English food dictionary. You´ll find recommended producers and printable foodie info for your next vacation in Italy!


Italian Gastronomy by Region

Gastronomy By Region
Italian cuisine is incredibly rich in variety, from the piquant flavors seen in the gastronomy of Naples and Calabria, the Pesto dishes of Liguria to the creamy cheece and risotto dishes of the Italian Alps...

Spanish A-Z Food Dictionary

Italian A-Z Food Dictionary
Enjoy Cellar Tours Italian food glossary, laid out in an easy to read A-Z dictionary format. From antipasto to zucchero, you'll find it here...


Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar
Black as midnight with a heavenly thick consistency and a sweet, pungent taste, balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico) is one of Italy’s star gourmet products. Largely unknown outside of Italy until the 1980s...

Italian Cheese Glossary

Italian A-Z Cheese Glossary
Italian glossary of terms used for Cheese, from "Amarognolo" to "Speziato"...


Italian Cheeses

Italian Cheeses
Home to the Slow Food movement (and the Bi-annual phenomenal cheese fair in Piedmont where thousands of cheeses are shown), Italy is home to some fabulous cheeses. From tiny, artisan scale operations to industrial producers, there are a multitude of Italian cheeses cherished by gourmets everywhere. Here is a short introduction to some well known and lesser known goodies...

Italian Chocolate

Italian Chocolate
While the Swiss and Belgians are rightly respected for their premium chocolates, Italy is home to some fabulous chocolate makers, on both artisan and industrial levels. The regions of Umbria, Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily are all home to choco gems, and incorporating an actual chocolate tasting into your gourmet tour of Italy is becoming more popular...


Italian Olive Oils

Italian Olive Oils
Extra Virgin Italian olive oil is one of the healthiest and delicious ingredients you can include in your diet. Silvery olive groves stretch from north to south in Italy and a multitude of native olives are cultivated....

Italian Hams

Italian Hams
When you think of Italian ham, no doubt it’s the thin, crumpled slices of velvety smooth, salty-sweet Prosciutto that come to mind....


Best Italian Pasta Dishes

Best Italian Pasta Dishes
Ten Best Pasta Dishes by Nancy O’Neill Just the thought of pasta makes the mouth water!....

A-Z Italian Pasta Glossary

A-Z Italian Pasta Glossary
A short glossary of Italian pasta by Martina Hemm ...