Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity, with abundance in taste and seasoning. It is ranked as one of the most popular cuisines globally. The main feature of Italian cuisine is its simplicity, with many dishes consisting of 4 up to 8 ingredients, emphasizing on the quality of ingredients.
Italy is divided into regions, provinces and municipalities. There are 20 regions of Italy, with 110 provinces and a total of 8101 municipalities. Each region prides itself in its unique traditions, customs, food, wine, dialects and accents, which attributes to the cultural vibrancy of Italy as a country.
Through A Culinary Journey to the Regional Cuisine of Italy, we hope to create an authentic Italian experience through a gastronomic tour in discovering the uniqueness and specialties of the 20 regions!
Starting on July 8th, we will be featuring our first region, Piedmont, a Northwestern region of Italy that is known for its wine, cheese and white truffles from Alba. Lining up are regions such as Calabria, Trentino South Tyrol, Sicily, Aosta Valley, Puglia and more!
Join us for this exciting gastronomy experience at Isola Bar and Grill!
Week 1 & 2: Journey to Piedmont
Piedmont is a region of Northwestern Italy, bordering Switzerland and France. As its name suggests, Piedmont is the land of the mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Alpine chain. The provinces in this region are Turin (the capital), Alexandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, and Vercelli.
- Bagna Cauda
- An Olive Oil fondue dip
- Barolo Wine Braised Beef
- White Truffle (from Alba)
- Castelmagno Cheese
- Gianduiotto Chocolates (from Turin)
- Breadsticks (originated from Turin)
- Red Wine
Week 3 & 4: Journey to Calabria
Calabria is a region of Southern Italy, the tip of the “boot”, lapped by the waters of the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The provinces in this region are Catanzaro (capital), Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Crotone and Vibo Valentia.
- Bruschetta with N’duja or Sardella (aka caviar of the poor)
- Pork Sausages
- Calabrian Chilli
- Red Onion of Tropea
- Extra-virgin Oil
- Liqueurs made with Bergamot
- pasta with characteristic shapes
- Cedar or Herbs
Week 5 & 6: Journey to Trentino South Tyrol
Trentino South Tyrol is region of Northern Italy, on the border with Austria and Switzerland. Trentino Alto Adige is best known for the beauty of its mountains amongst the italian regions. The provinces in this region are: Bolzano and Trento.
- Cured Meat
- Raw and Smoke Sausage of Pork or Venison
- Grana Trentin
- Mountain Toma
- Canederli di Polenta
- Pasta and Beans
- Barley Soup
- Mushroom Soup
- Bro’ brusà
- Rabbit with Brandy
- Roe Deer with Polenta
- The “Lucanica”
- Trout seasoned with various sauces
- Apple (from Non Valley)
Week 7 & 8: Journey to Sicily
Sicily is the largest Island in Italy, divided by the continent by the Strait of Messina, surrounded by the Ionian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Sea. The provinces in this island are: Palermo (capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa,Syracuse and Trapani.
- Rice Arancini
- Cocks (Potato Croquettes)
- Catanese Crispeddi / Frittelle (Italian Doughnut)
- Dished ft. Aubergines (eg, Caponata, Pasta with Norma and Parmesan)
- Fish-based dishes
- Pasta with Sardines
- Pasta ‘ca Muddica
- Sicilian Pastry
- Extra-virgin Oil
- Blood Orange
- Canicattì Grapes
- Ragusano Cheese
- Pecorino Cheese
- Dittaino Loaf
- From Marsala, Trapani, Belice and Victoria
Week 9 & 10: Journey to Aosta Valley
Venezia Giulia is a region located in the Northeastern end of Italy, bordering Slovenia and Austria, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by high mountains. The provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia are Trieste (capoluogo), Gorizia, Pordenone, Udine.
- Boiled pork meats and sausages served with sauerkraut and mustard
- Soups of vegetables and legumes
- Cured Meat
- Prosciutto di San Daniele (Ham of San Daniele)
- Prosciutto di Sauris (Sauris smoked ham)
- MUSÈT E BROVADA
- Fruit Cake
- Picolit (White)
- Refosco (Red)
- Terrano (Red)
- Malvasia (White)
- Tocai (White)
- Rebula/Ribolla Gialla (White)
Week 11 & 12: Journey to Puglia
Puglia located in the southeastern region of Italy, the heel of the boot, also known as “Le Puglie”. It is a lovely region that stretches into the sea with wonderful beaches. The provinces of Puglia are Bari (capoluogo), Barletta Andria Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto.
- Homemade Pasta
- Recchietelle (Orecchiette)
- Dragged/Stretched Pasta
- Known for fresh and great varieties of fish
- Pane di Altamura (Altamura Bread)
- Clementine (from the Gulf of Taranto)
- La Bella della Daunia (Bella of Daunia)
- Olive grown in the foggiano since 1400
- Extra-virgin olive oil
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