What to Eat
Pasta Pasta is an Italian staple. Try the ravioli, penne, spaghetti or tagliatelle. Then decide on which sauce you'd like with it. Napoletana, bolognaise, pesce, cream, pesto or plain with olive oil.
Pizza & Calzone The thin based pizza and Calzone, or pizza pocket, are Italian and Roman specialities. Offered with a wide variety of toppings, the pizza is a great meal.
Pastries The pastries are to die for. You can even enjoy one for breakfast. Just go easy on it, you'll come back with more than extra baggage if not.
Gelati Gelati is Italian for Ice Cream. Some people will even go straight to the gelati vendors on arrival in Italy, just to kill the craving for a delicious cone. Italians enjoy their Ice Creams, especially in summer.
Wine Italian wines are meant to be enjoyed, especially with meals. Red or white or try a rose on a hot summer evening. The major wine regions in Italy include Venezia, Sicily and most notably Tuscany for Chianti.
Prosciutto Prosciutto is dry-cured ham. Great stuff.
Pannini A panini is a toasted sandwich. Available in most cafes, a panini can come with an assortment of toppings. A good lunch on the go.
Cheeses Mozarella, Ricotta, Provolone, Parmesan and Pecorino are just a few of the best known Italian cheeses.
Bruschetta A snack type of dish made on bread with garlic and olive oil that can be completed with a variety of toppings ranging but not limited to tomatoes and basil to cheese and mushrooms.
Coffee When in Rome, try the famous coffees of Italy. For those of you who prefer a western long coffee with milk, ask for an Americano.
Beer Peroni and Nastro Azzurro are two decent Italian beers available in Rome.