Ital­ian food - the right way

Savour the flavour - the Ital­ian way

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Who doesn’t love Ital­ian food? Pas­tas, pizza, gelato, tiramisu and bruschetta. All di­vine. And (as if you needed an ex­cuse), to­day is Festa della Repub­blica (Ital­ian Re­pub­lic Day) so you should def­i­nitely go out and en­joy some of the de­li­cious fare. But be­fore you do, a word of warn­ing…

Ital­ians are known for their love of food - so it’s un­der­stand­able that there are cer­tain ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to food con­sump­tion.

We asked Trat­to­ria Toscana head chef, and Ital­ian na­tional, Paolo Bel­lamio, how to best en­joy his coun­try’s fa­mous food:

PIZZA

“One of Italy’s largest ex­ports, if not the largest, has been taken from its hum­ble Ital­ian roots and be­come a global sta­ple in an ev­ery­day di­ets,” says Paolo. “Back home we use only a few se­lect in­gre­di­ents - we don’t load it up with lots of top­pings. The cor­rect way of eating pizza in Italy is with a knife and fork, cut­ting each mouth­ful at a time. Piz­zas are served uncut, and one per per­son.”

PASTA

Cut out the knife if you want to im­press, says Paolo. “The cor­rect way of eating spaghetti and string pasta is with a fork, no knife - only a spoon if you are very young. Use the fork to spear a few strands and twist into a neat, mouth- sized bun­dle. For lasagne and other stuffed pas­tas, a knife is ac­cept­able. Just keep your el­bows off the ta­ble.”

SHARE AND EN­JOY

“Of all the tips I can of­fer, most im­por­tant is to share and en­joy,” he says. “Overindulge in ev­ery­thing Ital­ian cui­sine has to of­fer. We Ital­ians may take our food se­ri­ously, but we love to share and en­joy it with friends and fam­i­lies and I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to fol­low suit. When in Rome...”

Try Ital­ian menus in hon­our of Ital­ian Re­pub­lic Day June 2-5 at Trat­to­ria Toscana, Se­greto, Alta Ba­dia and Carnevale. Call 04 432 3232

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