One cannot live by art alone – not even in the great cities of Italy, where unparalleled art, design and fashion abound. So, for every museum, every masterful sculpture, every bustling market and elegant boutique, every candlelit church that a traveler admires, he should indulge in a meal that reflects the region's culinary traditions – tastes born of the rich abundance of the Mediterranean, its seaside, its countryside, its verdant hills and golden fields. It is a cuisine that is simple, frugal, hearty, rustic, refined.
These meals vary according to where you are on the peninsula because the ingredients are local, the produce coming directly from the nearest vegetable plot, the fruit from a nearby orchard, and the lamb most likely grazed not far from where you are seated. The pasta shapes differ, the seasonings vary, and the choices change from region to region. One thing never changes – the abundance of food and the love with which it is prepared.
On this site, you will find not star-ratings or price-ranges, but rather my impressions of a sampling of restaurants, by no means complete, of where to dine while traveling through Italy - restaurants with impressive menus of local specialties; restaurants that will leave you with delicious memories of Italy.