Ciao a tutti,
When 10/10 people think of Italy, first they think of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, THEN they think of a mouth-watering bowl of spaghetti, an artfully garnished slice of pizza, a milky cappuccino dusted with sugar, a gently dripping cone of gelato, or a glass of wine juxtaposed with a platter of cured meats and artisan cheeses … You get the picture.
In fact, il cibo is as ingrained in the Italian culture as Michael Angelo is ingrained in history. From the appropriate time of day to eat to the unwritten rules of consumption, Italians are absolutely fixated on food. People here spend an ungodly amount of time discussing, shopping, planning, preparing, tasting, savoring and then reflecting on dining. In Italy, food is more than just a necessity for life, it’s a lifestyle.
I have this pretty little quote posted in my kitchen:
“La cucina piccola fa la casa grande”
“The small kitchen makes the home grand/large.” It’s perfect not only because my little cucina is hardly bigger than a North American guest bathroom, but it says something about the importance of the kitchen in the Italian culture: a small kitchen is all you need to make a house a great home. It’s where the family eats, gathers and socializes. Where they catch up on the day’s events and engage in important conversations. Over the heat of a home-cooked meal, they take a break from the day’s events and can relax.
Frankly, if you’re not much of a foodie or don’t like to talk about food, don’t live in Italy. You’ll forever be an outsider and you’ll be terribly bored at dinner parties.
Oh, and you’d best be able to eat, too. A. Lot.
Personally, from Sunday lunch to the atmospheric charm of the Sicilian food markets, one of my favourite things about living in Italy is being able to worship food. In Canada, I’d always thought I spent too much time thinking about cooking and eating – that is, until I came to Italy – where I know people who talk about what they want to eat for dinner before we’ve finished lunch.
I take as many photos of Italian cuisine as is socially acceptable, but here are my most tantalizing, tempting shots of Italy’s delights:
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- Ortigia: Syracuse’s Stunning Historical Center
I hate being “that guy”, but I want to start taking even more photos of the food. Only two weeks and counting before I leave Sicily!!
What do you think about the Italian obsession with food? Too much or just right? Let me know!