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If you’re looking to visit the beautiful Italy in the near future, we’ve pulled together our top tips on finding the finest Italian food in a couple of our favourite cities.

First stop, Venice

If you’re wandering around the streets of beautiful Venice, you must try a bowl of Venetian risotto. When rice arrived in Venice it was seen as a symbol of wealth, and now it’s eaten by everyone across the region. Vini da Gigio is a traditional family run Venetian restaurant, serving some of the finest risotto in the city. They will also find you the perfect bottle of wine to complement your risotto, chosen from their extensive wine cellar. Wine and risotto? What’s not to love!

Meander down to Parma

Parma is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and the food never disappoints. If you’re looking for a distinctive flavour, try some Prosciutto di Parma a thinly sliced dry cured ham, which goes deliciously alongside a fresh Italian loaf. Another well-known food from the region, which you don’t want to miss, is Parmigiano cheese, similar to the popular Parmesan cheese. This hard, dry cheese is made from skimmed milk, with a rich flavour, it complements a bowl of pasta perfectly!

To sample these tasty and authentic Italian delicacies, we recommend going to Il Trovatore. A quaint and traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of Parma. But if you’d like to try these foods closer to home, come into Cucina Rustica for a plate of Antipasto Mano, incorporating all these delicious foods thanks to Parma!


Spend time in the Capital

Did you know the famous Pasta Carbonara was originally from Rome? It is said to have been invented in the 1940s after the war, when they had limited rations. The original ingredients only included eggs, pork, cheese and dried pasta but over the years the dish has been adapted, adding cream and pancetta to make it richer and creamier. One of the most recommended restaurants in Rome to sample some delicious Carbonara is Da Danilo. However, if you fancy some Carbonara closer to home, we do a delicious and authentic version at Cucina Rustica.

Finish in Naples

Did you know that one of the most well-known Italian dishes was invented in Naples? Yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about the ever-popular, pizza!! Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889 and helped to invent what we now know as Margherita pizza. If you’re visiting Naples on your trip, we recommend going to Pizzeria Dal Presidente, located at via dei Tribunal. It serves the most delightful and authentic pizza in the whole of Italy!


If you simply don’t have the time to jet off to Italy then why not come into Cucina Rustica for some authentic Italian food closer to home!

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