Honestly, I could write pages and pages raving about all the delicious food I ate during my time in Italy. My 5 GB of space on my iCloud is full and 80% of the pictures are food related so I think I did a pretty good job immersing myself in Italian eats!
I tried so many different foods and things on this trip. I've never had risotto before and now I'm such a huge fan. Give me risotto with mushrooms, pumpkin, eel or my favorite version--fried and I'll eat the entire plate. Oh my gosh. The cheese. No food post would be complete without mentioning cheese. Cheese at lunch, cheese at dinner and even cheese in dessert but I never got tired of it. I have a friend who claims she doesn't like cheese. I'm pretty sure after a trip to Italy, those words would never come out of her mouth again. So much care and attention is put into every single component of the meal and the simplest ingredients like milk and grapes can transform into something with so many levels of flavor like Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar.
The number one thing I miss about Italy is the coffee. A strong, perfectly foamy and delicious cappuccino (that cost less than €1.20!!) was the absolute best way to start the morning. Usually my coffee consumption is rushed, on the go and involves an occasional spill either on my shirt or in my car. The taste of Italian coffee wasn't the only reason why I enjoyed the coffee so much though. I loved the simplicity and the slowness to my morning coffee in Italy. I actually asked for "coffee to go" once and the barista just gave me a confused look! This look could have been because of my terrible Italian translation but maybe it was because rushing through coffee is not something Italians do. Dinner is usually a 3 hour affair so it makes sense that the meal you start your day is slowly savored as well.
Now that I think about it, I do miss something else as much as I miss Italian coffee. I miss the fresh and creamy gelato. One of my personal missions was to get gelato in every city we visited during the course. Lucky for me, the best gelato I had was right at our home base in Ferrara! La Gelateria Romana has a very special place in my heart.