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The Best Food in Italy

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Tuscan Recipes: Veal Saltimbocca with Polenta

A Roman classic with a twist: veal, prosciutto, sage and polenta from chef and food blogger, Phoebe Ryan.

Tuscan Recipes: Truffled Farro Salad

Judy Witts Francini is a legend in Tuscan cooking and food education. Here she passes on a recipe from Umbria. Heritage grain farro combines with the ultimate fruit of the Umbrian forest: truffle.

Tuscan Recipes: Saffron Orzo Pasta Salad

Francesco Romano is a photographer with a passion for bold, simple, authentic flavours, many passed down directly from his Nonna. In this recipe, he combines barley pasta, saffron, olives and more in a fresh Mediterranean summer salad.

Tuscan Recipes: Roast Chicken with Vin Santo

Food writer and photographer Giulia Scarpaleggia teaches cookery classes from her farmhouse between Florence and Siena. Here, she demonstrates a simple way to give your Sunday roast chicken a real flavour of Tuscany. It’s perfect for post-trip reminiscence.

Tuscan Recipes: Courgetti

Natural Chef, food writer and teacher Ceri Jones offers up a fresh, healthy version of the Sicilian classic, pasta con le sarde — without the pasta.

Tuscan Recipes: Arancini (Risotto) Balls with Marinara Sauce

Food blogger Helen Buxton makes the most of leftover risotto, with a fast and easy recipe for rice balls with an oozing cheese centre served with a freshly prepared marinara sauce.

The Mediterranean Diet: What Does It Mean — and Why is It So Special?

According to experts, ”people following a Mediterranean diet have a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke”. We speak to nutritionists to find out what this diet really is, and why it works. Warning: includes science.

Italian Truffles: All You Need to Know

The dictionary calls it “a strong-smelling underground fungus that resembles an irregular, rough-skinned potato.” But to the world’s finest chefs, the truffle has a more evocative meaning for haute cuisine. Our short guide explains what truffles are, where they grow and how to tell the four main Italian types apart.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: 3 Simple Recipes with Italian Truffles

Unless you’re a a tech billionaire or have royal blood, you probably don’t eat truffles three times a day back home. It’s a different story if you come to rural Tuscany or Umbria at the right times of year. Truffles add a touch of luxury to any dish, sure. But they grow here abundantly: even a rustic trattoria will have them on the menu, or better still, you can learn to cook with them yourself.

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