I don’t know about you, but I just love Italian cuisine! Pasta, pizza, lasagna! We managed to try a lot during the trip and I must say that although the pizza is different from ours, you can also find such a typical ‘Polish pizza’ :)
A typical Italian pizza?
Personally, I go on the assumption that when you go somewhere you should try different regional things, so I was looking forward to a typical Italian pizza. We ate pizza in a variety of places: starting with restaurants in the center, ending with bars on the outskirts where only locals eat.
And I must say that it tasted a little different everywhere: different dough, different ingredients, different form of serving, and what they all have in common is the lack of sauces (although in one place ketchup was available ;) ).
Other dishes like Lasagne, pastes, etc. are similar to those you can easily get in Poland. Of the additional items, try Italian croquettes with mozzarella cheese and rice, and desserts (such as tiramisu).
Real Italian ice cream!
Something you can’t miss is ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream.
(Note: I don’t mean ice cream, which in Poland is called Italian – it’s nowhere near the real Italian ones). It’s a good idea to look on the Internet before you go where the best ice cream shops are. We recommend places where ice cream is made on site (not some chain stores or places where they sell ice cream along with pizza and sandwiches). The number of available flavors and choice can make your head spin :) In addition to the traditional strawberry, vanilla and chocolate you can find: cake, tea, duplo, panna cotta, licorice, nutella, chili chocolate, etc.
Personally, I was most impressed by the ice cream shop where there were from 5-6 types of chocolate ice cream alone (chocolate from different parts of the world – Madagascar, …). The smallest ice creams cost from 1.5 eur, but don’t let the name ‘piccolo’ fool you – they are really big and what’s more, you can choose many different flavors within one serving (you don’t pay for ‘balls’).
I mainly recommend the ice cream shop on the island in the Tiber – we always ended up in a long line there, but it’s worth the character. Besides, there are different flavors every day :) Also worth recommending is the ice cream shop located near our lodging on Via Portuense, described here, among others.
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