Where to Eat in Italy

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Food in Italy recommendations from Alice @howalicegrewtall

Ciao Italy, Ciao carbohydrates - never have I been happier to eat pastries for breakfast, pizza for lunch and pasta for dinner, not forgetting lashings of gelato between meal times.

What I find so charming about Italian food, is that, in general, it is simple flavours and when executed properly is just so damn tasty. A Margherita pizza is more often than not a winner in my opinion, when done with fresh quality ingredients and made with some of that Italian love.

Here are some of Alice's top picks on places to eat in a few cities around Italy.. 

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Lonely Planet's words read ‘Naples is raw’ and they weren’t incorrect, with its graffiti covered walls and quite honestly dirty, dirty streets, it certainly wasn’t picturesque in a traditional sense. However, it was so full of character and home to some seriously tasty pizza. 

Di Matteo was recommended to us by a local and it did not disappoint. It’s very unassuming shop front won us over with, by far, the best pizza of the holiday. And we ate a lot of pizza.

We inhaled our Marinara and fried calzone, thats right I said fried calzone, in next to no time. The dough was light, the tomato base was rich and the filling was delectable. Washed down with a couple of beers and the bill was under €20. Winning.

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I may have got a little carried away with my daily gelato consumption and therefore had myself labelled as ‘gelato connoisseur’ by the end of the trip. 

This little gelato joint filled me with sweet happiness, from a professional connoisseur point of view of course.

We’re talking freshly made waffle cones, still warm, forcing you to eat it extra fast, which is easily done as it is so yummy.

Their’s an array of approximately 15 flavours to choose from, I went for coconut and after eight gelato, aka posh choc-chip mint.

Buonocore Gelateria also do some fantastic pastries, which I consumed for breakfast for ‘research purposes’ and ‘quality control’. 

Side note: there always seems to be a long queue, but it is so worth the wait.

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Head to  Ristorante Caffetteria San Colombano on the walls of beautiful Lucca for sunset cocktails and a great atmosphere. The restaurant and bar are split into two areas. They have an extensive cocktail list with a great selection of classics and some personalised bevs. We did try the food in the restraint one evening, however it was nothing much to write about.