The best Italian cuisine and where to eat it in Italy

What can be said about Italian cuisine that hasn’t been said already?

What can be said about Italian cuisine that hasn’t been said already? Quite a lot, actually. For one thing, you’ll never go hungry here. And this isn’t just for the obvious reason—that the food is fantastic—but it’s also because the local ingredients are utterly different from one region and even one town to the next.

Finding a dish to suit any taste preference is easy in Italy. Okay, so you want to taste Napoli’s best pizza or Rome’s top pasta al carbonara, but branch out and you just might find a new Italian food favorite: juicy bistecca alla fiorentina from Tuscany, savory fresh agnolotti del plin pasta from Piedmont, genuine pesto alla Genovese from Liguria, the freshest seafood of Puglia, and more.

So with this abundance of choice and delicious Italian food to try, where to start? What to taste? This is where we’ll whet your appetite and tickle your tastebuds with tales of all the Italian food specialties you have to try, from traditional food to modern takes. Here, you’ll find our personal selection of where to eat in Italy, from writers and contributors on the ground and living here, and even a recipe or two.

Warning: don’t read on an empty stomach!