Unfortunately there are many foods around the world that have not exported very well when they have left their country of origin. Mexican food for example is nothing like what you think it is when you actually visit Mexico and it is tough to understand why the Tex-Mex variety that we eat, is more popular than the original, and beautiful traditional Mexican cuisine.
Another victim of this is Italian food and somehow the world got the notion that what makes Italian cuisine is nothing more than pizza and pasta. I always find this interesting because when you actually travel to Italy, you will soon realize that their cuisine is about much, much more than just what you can find in a store in the USA. I wanted therefore to give you some Italian foods which I fell in love with during my time in Tuscany and Rome, and why you must try them.
Like many delicious foods around the world, this meal actually started out as being considered a poor man’s food. Back when people had servants , the servants would collect the unfinished bread of their masters and the vegetables which were left on the plate. They would build the bread and vegetables in water and then eat it for their own meal. Thankfully the making of the dish are now a little cleaner but the origin is the same and the flavors and texture of this meal are simply beautiful.
Tortellini en Brodo
This is a real staple dish in northern Italy and it is often enjoyed during the holidays in the country. Unlike with most tortellini dishes which are coated in thick and creamy sauce or served with a ragu, tortellini en brodo sees the tortellini floating in a chicken broth. This is a dish which reminds me a little of an Italina wonton soup and the mixture of veal broth with fresh pasta pieces and some Parmesan makes this a delicious dish which you simply must try.
Osso busco alla Milanese
I am a big meat lover and so I was over the moon when I saw this delicious meal on the menu. This is a dish which uses veal shanks, far more popular in Italy than anywhere that I have visited, which are braised slowly and then served with a sauce of white wine and vegetables and a side helping of gremolata which is a rich and garlicky sauce. This is a dish that keeps on giving an just as you reach the end of the meal, you will find some little nugget of meat inside the veal bone which have been coated in the succulent sauce.
I absolutely adore Italian food and when you are actually there, you get to taste all of the flavors and the ingredients which have been added to your dish, much more than I can say for any Italian meal which I have eaten elsewhere. When you visit Italy you will see that it is not just the food which tastes good but the entire culture around food is avery healthy and vibrant one and you won’t want to stop eating when you get there!