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My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets: Fabulous Italian Street Food

December 19, 2009

Tag, you're it!

That’s really a funny game!

I’ve been ‘tagged’ by my virtual friend Donna Hull, who has a fabulous blog with a fantastic name: My Itchy Travel Feet, to write my 3 best kept travel secrets. I have to admit, at the beginning I did not really understand what this all was about. Then, I found out this is a superb game launched by creative blogger Katie of Tripbase.com (at least, so I thought from earlier posts…), imitating a game that I believe we almost all played when we were children. Slapping someone on the back and yelling, “Tag, you’re it!” as Barbara Weibel recalls in her blog Hole in the Donut.

Therefore, thanks to Donna I am now sharing my 3 top secrets. I’ve thought for a while at what could be the nicest secrets to share. Then I thought that being Italian I had to focus on one of the most appreciated characteristics of my country: Food. Thus 3 little secrets which I hope you’ll enjoy!

Carapina Ice Cream - Looks so tasty!

  • Gelateria Carapina, in Florence: Although Italy is often associated with ice cream, it has become difficult to find good ones prepared according to the handmade tradition. If you happen to visit Florence, I warmly suggest you to drop in on Gelateria Carapina to have an unforgettable ice cream experience. You can choose among traditional flavors and creative proposals. All are fantastic, as they only use natural seasonal ingredients of excellent quality (no chemical powders as it happens so often by now). Last creation? Gelato al Panettone, an original way to follow Christmas tradition!
  • Focacceria Revello, in Camogli. It’s just a tiny bakery in the seafront but it displays fabulous local food specialties. The real challenge when you enter Revello is refraining from buying (and eating) everything but a few things are a must. Let’s start with the obvious: focaccia. As for pizza, there are many versions with different ingredients. A must-taste is focaccia alla genovese (plain) and focaccia al formaggio (with cheese). This latter absolutely must be eaten hot, so better wait a few minutes until next one is extracted from the oven to taste something that I find absolutely heavenly. Then you can go on with a slice of Torta Pasqualina and of Torta alle erbe, similar to French ‘quiche’ but filled with local ingredients they actually taste quite different.

Camogliesi. Absolutely delicious!

  • One cannot leave Focacceria Revello without buying a few Camogliesi, a sort of ‘bigné’ which are not ‘bigné’ (I mean, they look like, but they don’t taste like. They are by far more delicious!). My favorites are the Camogliesi al Rum, filled with chocolate flavored with a pinch of rum! If you’re lucky enough to visit Camogli by a sunny day, take your delicatessen and have a picnic sitting on the beach and enjoying the view.

Panzerotto! One of the best street food in the world! Photo by *hoodrat* on Flickr


  • Luini, Milan: The best of world-wide street food, the temple of Panzerotti! I’d never be able to describe in English what a “Panzerotto” is, thus I rely on this long-tradition bakery self description of its unique delicacy: “Panzerotti dough recipe is a family secret, jealously kept by Luigi, Giuseppina’s son, together with Emanuela e Cristina, the grandaughters. The reason of success and longevity of the historical Luini activity is ascribing to the preservation of the bakery as a family business. The most demanded panzerotto is, beyond all doubt, the classical one, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and tomato”. Located in the heart of Milan, just a couple of minutes walk from Piazza del DuomoLa Scala, Luini is perfect for a lunch break. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by the queue. Tasting a Panzerotto is really worth waiting a while!

And now time has come to finish the game, by ‘tagging’ 5 new bloggers (which does not happen to be an easy task since so many already shared wonderful secrets!):

Alexandra M. Korey at arttrav

Italy and cooking lover Panini girl

Leyla at Women on the road

Aaron and Georgie at Happytimeblog

Mark Sukhija at Marktravelnotes

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2009 7:39 am

    Honoured to be tagged!! gosh… what will I write? 😉

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      December 21, 2009 7:56 am

      Your turn now! I’m very curious to learn about your secrets… 🙂

  2. December 21, 2009 1:52 pm

    Uhmmm delicious! Damm I was already hungry :-s

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      December 21, 2009 3:05 pm

      Yes, there are all delicious things!

  3. December 22, 2009 7:11 pm

    LOVE the foodie secrets, especially Italian which is my very favorite!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your gems!

    Could you please send me your email?

    Thanks,

    Katie.

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      December 22, 2009 7:38 pm

      Hi Katie, thank you so much for your comment. It’s nice to read that you like my little secrets. Indeed, I have many other that I will share in the future. Maybe you might like also reading a guest post I wrote on ‘Velvetescape’, the awesome blog of my ‘virtual friend Keith’ on a place I really love: Camogli http://velvetescape.com/blog/2009/12/my-velvet-escape-travel-tip-liguria/.

      My mail is simon.falvo@gmail.com.

      I’d be very pleased to keep in touch! Cheers!
      Simon

  4. January 31, 2010 9:54 pm

    Great tips! I love insider tips! I can vouch for Luini, and the queues! I also like Pasqualina – the Liguria dish too. And the focaccia in Liguria is different to focaccia in other parts of Italy.

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      January 31, 2010 10:32 pm

      Hi Alex, thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my ‘secrets’. Totally agree: ‘torta pasqualina’ is excellent. But my heart beats stronger for ‘focaccia’ 🙂

  5. February 14, 2010 11:01 pm

    Great. Now I’m starving *and* dying to return to Italy. Thanks a lot 😉

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      February 14, 2010 11:27 pm

      Italy is waiting for you! 🙂

  6. PiterJankovich permalink
    March 29, 2010 2:40 pm

    My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 29, 2010 6:43 pm

      Hi Piter, nice from you to stop by and comment. Yes, I’m blogging for fun and I found out it’s a wonderful hobby. I got in touch with so many interesting people! Don’t worry about your English, it’s ok. I hope you’ll come and visit the blog again. Cheers!

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