Food and drink

Food and Drink Overview

Italian food is very traditional and consists mainly of; pasta, meat, bread, fish and tomato sauces. The Italians like to sit down and eat their meals without rushing them.  Mealtimes are very important to Italians, as it is not only the food that they enjoy, it is also the
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Pizzoccheri della Valtellina

Pizzoccheri della Valtellina – Ricetta tradizionale This is a typical dish from the Valtellina area of Lake Como, Italy. It is a pasta dish made with cheese and vegetables. Pizzoccheri pasta consists of ca. 80 % of buckwheat and of 20% simple wheat flour and its shape is similar
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Olive Oil

Olive oil is an important part of the Italian diet and every Italian kitchen will have a bottle of it.  It can be used for cooking, baking, frying and you can even put it in salads.  It can also be used to preserve vegetables too. Olives are harvested between the months of
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Panettone

Panettone is normally eaten at Christmas time. The origins of the cake appear to be ancient possibly dating back to the Roman Empire. However of all the varied legends, all of them have a common theme and that is that the Panettone originated from Milan. One legend states that it
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Missoltini with Polenta

Every region in Italy has its culinary specialities. Lake Como cuisine does not compare to the Sicilian cuisine but nonetheless it does have some tasty dishes to offer. Missoltini are typical fish found in Lake Como that are sun-dried and conserved in barrels with salt and bay
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Aperitivo

The aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink. This is an important part of the Italian life, allowing you to socialize and relax before dinner. It is more popular in the north of Italy, though you’ll find a form of it throughout Italy. The price of drinks can be expensive at this time to
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Wine

Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world. Many Italian farmers produce wine just for their own consumption or for their relatives in “the big city.” Although northern Italy is not normally noted for its wines, it does have several good labels; Barolo
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Typical Italian Menu

A typical Italian menu, la lista, has many courses, but you do not have to order them all. Listed below are the names of each course and an idea of what you might order in an Italian restaurant. Antipasti (appetizers) might be bruschetta (grilled garlic bread with chopped tomato)
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Italian Eateries

A good indication of where to go out for a meal in Lake Como is to find out where the locals go, this way you will be guaranteed fantastic food. If there are no menus available and you have to ask the waiter what dishes are available, you can be sure that the food will be freshly
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Cappuccino

This coffee-based drink is prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam. A cappuccino differs from a caffè latte in that it is prepared with much less steamed or textured milk. A cappuccino is traditionally served in a porcelain cup, which has far better heat-retention
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Espresso

Espresso is a strong coffee based drink and is served in a very small espresso cup usually without milk.  Many Italians pop into the bar before starting work for their morning espresso. The history of espresso coffee starts in 1901. An Italian named Luigi Bezzera, an owner of a
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Mojito

This popular summer drink is rum-based and thought to originate from Cuba (although there are some disputes over this). The cocktail contains the following main ingredients; white rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, two teaspoons of sugar and soda water (some have crushed ice
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