ITALY: A LAND OF FLAVOURS - Coggle Diagram
ITALY: A LAND OF FLAVOURS
From the snowy Alps to the sun-drenched beaches
of Sicily and Sardinia
Italy is a land of contrasts with a rich culinary tradition
Italian cuisine, one of the most popular international cuisines worldwide, not only reflects the many micro-climates of the peninsula but also the rich cultural and historical heritage of the country, which up until 1861 was divided into many independent states.
every region or even city in Italy has its own unique food specialities and dishes, although many central ingredients and recipes are common to neighbouring areas .
polenta is traditionally enjoyed throughout the North,
while durum-wheat pasta, tomatoes and olive oil are ubiquitous* in the South.
The second distinguishing feature of Italian cuisine is that it is largely synonymous with home-cooking Of course,
there are plenty of sophisticated Italian dishes that are a fair match for French haute cuisine; but what has made Italian cooking so famous around the world is the use of traditional natural ingredients
Lidia Bastianich, the chef and owner of a number of successful Italian restaurants in New York City,
Another distinctive aspect of Italian cooking is the way in which meals are served.
A typical Italian meal will start with some appetisers (antipasti), usually vegetables or cured meats*, and then move on to a main course, such as a pasta or rice dish, or a soup.
Italy today is the world's largest wine producer by volume
Italian wine production covers an extensive range of red and white wines, which are classed according to EU wine regulations.
Within this system of classification, the label
IGP (Indicazione Geografica - Protetta – Typical Geographical Indication) is used for wines produced in a specific territory and following a specific series of regulations.
The label DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta- Protected Designation of Origin) has essentially the same meaning, but the wines it applies to must comply with* even stricter regulations
The DOP label includes two subcategories: DOC (Controlled Designstion of origin) .
and DOCG(Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin).