Facts About Italian Food Part 1
Italian Food Facts
1. Italians take their food very seriously. The main meal of the day is at lunch time.
The word for 'the lunch ' is il pranzo.
You start with antipasti: these are nibbles like olives, cheese and salami, followed by.........
il primo (the first course which is pasta or minestrone) then
il secondo (the main course which is meat or fish with salad or vegetables)
then there is fruit and perhaps a dessert.
Finally there is espresso coffee.
2. Italians eat many things that are not usually eaten in the UK, for example, snails, horse, donkey, hedgehog, goat, guinea pig, rabbit and hare, wild boar, sea urchin, sea snails, octopus, squid, sparrows, peacock.......and many more!
3. You only drink milky coffee, like cappuccino and caffelatte, first thing in the morning for breakfast.
4. Here are the names of some foods in Italian:-
5. Before eating a meal, Italians say to each other
6. The pizza was invented in Naples during the 18th century.
7. At Christmas, Italians eat a special bread-cake called
8. Pasta is the most important food in Italy. It means 'paste' because it is a paste of water, flour and sometimes egg. It can be either 'dried' or 'fresh.' There are hundreds of different shapes and types of pasta. Pasta dishes are normally eaten as a first course (un primo piatto).
To see a pasta recipe click HERE
9. The original name for 'spaghetti' was 'maccheroni.' The word 'spaghetti' actually means 'strings.'
(Image from Wikimedia Commons. Photograph: 'Palermo. Fabbrica di maccheroni' by Giorgio Sommer, 1834-1914.)
10. The Agnese family opened the very first pasta factory near Genova in 1824. A few years later, the Buitoni family opened their pasta factory.
11. The long pasta known as 'tagliatelle' (it looks like flat spaghetti) was created by a chef in honour of Lucrezia Borgia's long blond hair. Lucrezia lived from 1480 till 1519. She was also known as Lucrezia d'Este and she was Duchess of the town of Ferrara.
12. There are different types of premises serving food in Italy. For example:
Ristorante - serves all foods but not pizza.
Trattoria - serves all foods but not pizza. This is an 'informal' restaurant where you may be expected to share your table with strangers.
Pizzeria - specialises in pizza.
Agriturismo - a restaurant on a farm, serving home-produced food.
Tavola calda - self-service restaurant, literally meaning 'hot table.'
Rosticceria - a 'take-away' serving roast meat, especially chicken.
Paninoteca - a sandwich shop bar.
Spaghetteria - specialises in pasta.
Often, an eating place is a combination of categories, e.g.-