Eat Italian Food Like an Italian

Yahoo Travel gives a "how to" on enjoying the cuisine as the native do.

This article, written by YahooTravel, appears on The Daily Meal.

How to Eat Italian Food Like an Italian

“You’ll lose weight,” my Italian-American best friend wholeheartedly guaranteed before my overseas flight. “It’s because Italians make everything fresh.” After a substantial revisit to the country (optional: while leading a well-rounded women’s wellness retreat with Travel Italian Style), I can say that I’m extra glad I packed my stretchy yoga pants as I stuffed myself joyfully. Perhaps this is why the Italians are so happy — consuming bowls of their favorite pasta meals. Along my journey, I found the best and the right ways to enjoy the sensory carb overload. To quote a great song, “when a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… when the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine… when the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool, that’s AMORE!”


Having a cappuccino or a latte is apparently very American. Savo D’Souza, an employee at Armani Caffe in Milan, explains that Italians have multiple hot espressos in the morning, after lunch and after dinner, too. “After you eat, you feel sleepy,” D’Souza says. “Coffee helps you wake up!”

Do: Drink water before coffee so you can really taste it (having coffee breath is excused).

Don’t: Add milk, water or sugar (keep it black and bitter).

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