My journey to Italy was with high expectations of fabulous foods and wine to be eaten with the attitude that we had all the time in the world....to savor and enjoy.
After all, Italy was the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement.
The Slow Food movement was begun officially in 1986 when Carlo Petrini and a group of activists from the civic and social organization ARCI (1957; Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana) came together to formalize their unanimous concern for the swift decay of traditional food culture.
It was created to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
This revolutionary idea has become a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.
In over three decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.
In my next post I'll talk more about the food and cult...
So, let me explain to you what food in Italy is like and why I am so enamored by it.
It appears that preparing, eating and talking about food is what comprises the majority of time in this beautiful and ancient country. The Italians are lively and talkative and have a zest for life that is palpable. They really LOVE FOOD and know how to savor it!
Imagine 3 courses of homemade, from scratch foods, at each and every lunch and dinner when eating out. And if a meal is prepared for the family at home, meals (other than breakfast) are often an extravaganza.
Typically, Pizza is a first course, especially in the southern Compania area of the country, as Naples is the place where pizza was first created.
The pie that it is famous for, called the Marguerite, has a thin crust, a simple marinara sauce and embellished with Buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil. Quite tasty, although I preferred what they called a Stuffed Pizza which was basically a Calzone.