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Italian Mealtimes

Breakfast  in Italy can range from breads and jam to a huge buffet of meats, cheeses, cereals (although they don’t eat cereal as much as we do in the UK), breads, eggs, juice and coffee. You will see in the ...

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Typical Italian Food

Most Italian dishes, especially those in the north, are butter-based. Lake Como has five different types of fish to choose from, the most popular being Lavarello. Some of the famous dishes in this region are; Cotoletta alla milanese (cutlets of ...

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Panettone

This is the local desert, but is often eaten at Christmas time. The origins of the cake appear to be ancient possibly dating back to the Roman Empire. Of all the varied legends all have the common theme and that ...

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Digestivo Drinks

A digestivo is a post-dinner drink that is taken after eating a large meal.  These drinks are not normally mixed with any other drink and are to be taken straight. As many people know, Italians love their food and can ...

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The Italian Aperitivo

Going for an aperitivo is an everday part of life in Italy.  It is the time of day, usually between the hours of 6pm and 9pm when Italians go for a pre-dinner drink (which helps to stimulate the appetite).  This ...

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Wine

Italy has overtaken France in the wine-producing business and exports its’ fine wine worldwide.  There are over one million vineyards in Italy and many farmers not only produce wine for export, but also for their own consumption. We normally associate ...

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Espresso

Espresso is a concentrated coffee based drink with a thick consistency and is served in small cups.  It is also the main ingredient for other coffee based drinks such as; cappuccino, latte and macchiato to name a few. Espresso translated into English means ...

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Olive Oil

A bottle of olive oil can be found in every Italian kitchen, however it has also grown in popularity in the UK and other countries for cooking with.  This is a versatile oil as you can use it for baking, ...

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Polenta

Polenta is a type of cornmeal and is part of the staple diet of Italians and  just as popular as pasta or pizza. However before the introduction of corn, polenta was often made with either faro, millet, spelt, chestnut flour ...

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Pizzoccheri

This cheesy vegetable pasta dish is a typical dish from the Valtellina area of Lake Como.  The pasta looks similar to that of tagliatelle. The preferred type of cheese used is  ‘bitto’ which comes from the Valtellina area and takes ...

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