From sandwiches, to pastas and pizzas, to desserts and to wine and champagne -- You will never travel around Italy with an empty stomach.
This post isn't about all the healthy food I found to eat while traveling to Italy; I'm pretty sure no one has succeeded in that quest... But rather, this post is to make you slightly jealous of what I ate, give you a guide if you are traveling to Italy in the future, and maybe help spark some healthier versions of Italian food you can make at home!
Best Sandwich: All'antico Vinaio - Florence, Italy
In this small shop overflowing with people inside and waiting along the street, you will find the freshest ingredients that make up the most flavorful sandwich I've ever had. These two pieces of thin focaccia are stuffed with mortadella, prosciutto, salami, mozzarella, roasted eggplants and (wait for it.....) black truffle mascarpone cream. I want this every day for the rest of my life.
My Healthy, Make-At-Home Option when craving a sandwich like this- open face roasted turkey and ham sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin or Ezekiel bread, with spinach, tomatoes and homemade oil-free pesto.
Best Pasta: Truffle Mushroom Tagliatelle from Poggio Amorelli Winery - Florence, Italy
We visited Poggio Amorelli Winery in the hopes of enjoying some of the best wines from Tuscany... What we didn't realize was that the wine tasting was just one part of the amazing experience at the vineyard. Along with each of the 7 courses of wine tasting there were food pairings as well. Not just little bites to eat, but meat and cheese plates, bruschetta, bread baskets, pastas, and desserts. This Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle is by far the best of the best. Each bite oozes with a butter and truffles, making it 10/10 on the decadence scale.
My Healthy, Make-At-Home Option when craving pasta- spiralized zoodles sautéed in garlic with 99% fat-free turkey meatballs, homemade marinara sauce, and sprinkled with nutritional yeast. See this post for a recipe: zoodles-for-the-win.html
and this post: goodbye-chicken-hello-turkey.html
Best Dessert: Summertime Tiramisu - homemade in Rome, Italy
We took a private, in-home cooking class from two Italian women in their apartment right outside of downtown Rome. It was a very cool experience to cook side-by-side with Italians in their own kitchen!
We made pasta with sautéed mushrooms, eggplant and tomatoes, and finished the meal with this summertime, healthier spin on tiramisu. This was made with ladyfinger cookies soaked in fresh blueberry juice, layered with 1/2 greek yogurt and 1/2 mascarpone cheese and a dash of sugar, with raspberries, cherries and peaches. It was refreshing and delicious!
My Healthy, Make-At-Home Option if I'm craving something creamy and sweet: mix 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 1/4 cup greek yogurt and mix in fresh berries, and top with a sprinkle of granola, coconut or brown sugar.
Best Drink: Limoncello Spritz - Sorrento, Italy
This drink just makes you want to sit back, soak up the sun and sigh "ahhhhhh". It's very simple to make: 1 oz of plain vodka, 1 oz of limoncello, club soda, and finished off with a slice of lemon.
My Healthy, Make-At-Home Option if I want a refreshing summertime drink is this exact recipe ^^^, or check out my lighter sangria recipe here: sweet-satisfying-and-guilt-free-sangrias.html
I hope this post gave you some Italian cooking inspo- I know just reminiscing about this food is making me crave a new Italian recipe to share with everyone. Look out for one coming soon :)
About this Section
This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.