Mamma mia! We love Italian food almost as much as that movie. And that’s a lot! It’s hard to beat an Italian dish, from carbonara to a perfect margherita pizza, we’re always ready to curl up with an Italian dish delivered by Just Eat any night of the week. “But we want to know more about where this delicious food comes from?” we hear you ask! Well, you’re in luck because it just so happens that we too want to know more about where all this food originates.

So with that, we’ve decided to take you on a very quick trip around Italy (have to get home before Love Island) – to experience all the amazing cuisines offered by the different regions in Italy!

Nothern Italy

Recipies from Northern Italy tend to sit a little higher on the calorie count scale because of its location, resulting in colder weather than elsewhere in the country. With influences from neighboring countries Austria, Switzerland, and France, the cuisine from Northern Italy is the most popular in Italy and around the globe.

Bolognese: we’re pretty sure most of us might be familiar with this Italian classic – the famous meat based sauce originates from the city Bologna and it’s definitely one of our favs. A perfect hearty dish to turn any day the right way round. Looking for your own pick me up, try the Spaghetti Bolognese from Casa Pasta in Dublin.

Risotto: hailing from one of the wealthier regions in Italy, Piedmont, is well-known for being the largest producer of rice in the North of Italy and thus have a great reputation when it comes to risotto. This dish is simmered in a broth until a creamy consistency is achieved and is the most common way of cooking rice in Italy. Typically served with a variety of vegetables, meat or fish. Check out the Risotto Pollo de Funghi from Al Muretto in Mayo.

Central Italy

The region of central Italy holds some of the most well-known cities across the world, (Florence, Rome) yet its cuisine is probably the least well known, with some classics like Brodetto (a fish soup) and Zuppa di Farro (a lentil dish) that are definitely worth looking up also. But we’ve kept it with some of our favourites to travel around this region

Carbonara: we love a good carbonara, it’s delicious! And unsurprisingly its one of the most popular dishes to come from Italy that is imitated around the world. The perfect combination of eggs, cheese, bacon, and seasoning. It’s so simple but perfect – we can’t think of anything better! Try the Pasta Carbonara from Valley Cafe in Navan from Just Eat tonight.

Tagliatelle: this dish originates in Tuscany and is very simple in origin. Pieces of tagliatelle are long, flat ribbons and are typically about 10 mm wide. Tagliatelle can be served with a variety of sauces with many modern interpretations becoming increasingly popular, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce. We’d recommend ordering the Truffle Tagliatelle from Jamie’s Italian in Dublin.

Southern Italy

Cusine stemming from the southern part of Italy is estimated to be the most exported type of food than any other region. With pizza and pasta as some of their standout dishes we can understand why and are incredibly grateful they are! Key ingredients like olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and basil are essential to almost any dish that comes from this part of the world.

Pizza Margherita: it’s long been believed that in 1889 Raffaele Esposito, invented a dish called “Pizza Margherita” in honor the Queen of Italy, and the Italian unification since the toppings are tomato, mozzarella, and basil, representing the colors of the national flag. We don’t think we need to tell you how good Pizza Margherita is, this dish speaks for itself – get your Classic Margherita Pizza from Base Wood Fire Pizza in Dublin.

Bruschetta: a starter dish consisting of bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. There are countless variations but classics typically include toppings of tomato, cured meat, and cheese. This dish can be tracked the whole way back to Ancient Rome, so if it was good enough for Caesar I guess it’s good enough for us! You can get your fix of Bruschetta from Fabios in Coolock.

Phew, we’re exhausted from that quick trip around Italy! If you’re officially hooked on Italian cuisine now, why not explore some other Italian option on Just Eat, it’s just a click away.