Food is definitely a key element in Italian culture, able to express identities and lifestyles. Whether it’s home, restaurant or friends all the Italians agree on the importance of food and rituals that accompany meals.
Italian cuisine has its roots in a millennial past, made up of peoples and conquerors who followed each other. everything started thanks to the contribution of Greeks, Romanians and Arabs, who participated to the creation of what would become the most popular and beloved culinary tradition in the world. The goodness of Italian cuisine is in its simplicity: the food, in fact, consist of few easy-to-find items. We can say that the main ingredients are quality and passion, and maybe that’s why grandmothers are the best chefs!
Despite the advent of fast food, ethnic food and the fashion of the most imaginative diets, the Italians could not live without their food, without the food that they love since childhood, and that bring back memories. For Italians, eating is almost a rite, which begins with the aperitif and a glass of wine, the inviting perfumes coming from the kitchen and the uninterrupted talks, and which end with the inevitable coffee, possibly with friends .
Usually, in Italy there are three meals throughout the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their importance is also in the conviviality situation that is being created, a vital element for the Italians.
Dinner is probably the most important meal, the one where the whole family gather around the table after a day of work, talking to each other.
Eating well is a fundamental pillar for Italians, shared by North to South, a tradition made of knowledge, habits and tastes that can unite geographically and historically different territories.