There's so much more to Italian cuisine than spaghetti and pizza. The twenty different regions found across the country, from the cooler mountainous north to the almost tropical islands of the south, are each home to particular traditions, customs, dishes and ingredients which help create their unique identity. Read on to discover just how diverse Italian food can be.

Italy's regional cuisine

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The complete foodie guide to Liguria
The complete foodie guide to Liguria
The complete foodie guide to Liguria
by Great Italian Chefs
29 May 2019
This mountainous region in the heart of the Italian Riviera is jam-packed with incredible fresh produce, iconic dishes known the world over and stunning seafood from its abundant shoreline. Discover more about one of Italy’s most underrated provinces.
The complete foodie guide to Emilia-Romagna
The complete foodie guide to Emilia-Romagna
The complete foodie guide to Emilia-Romagna
by Great Italian Chefs
01 February 2019
Sandwiched between the Alps and the Apennines, Emilia-Romagna is home to one of Italy's most important and best-known food cultures. Find out more about what makes Emilia-Romagna the undisputed heartland of Italian cuisine.
The complete foodie guide to Sardinia
The complete foodie guide to Sardinia
The complete foodie guide to Sardinia
by Pete Dreyer
29 June 2018
Sardinia’s rich and varied history has made it an incomparable food destination, with influences stretching back 2,500 years. Learn more about the food and drink of this beautiful Mediterranean paradise.
'Nduja: Spilinga’s spicy, spreadable super sausage
'Nduja: Spilinga’s spicy, spreadable super sausage
'Nduja: Spilinga’s spicy, spreadable super sausage
by Great Italian Chefs
02 November 2017
'Nduja has been a staple of the Calabrian diet for centuries, but the spicy pork salumi has enjoyed international popularity in recent years. We travelled to its birthplace of Spilinga to find out what makes truly great 'nduja.
Lardo di Colonnata: a hidden treasure in the Apuan Alps
Lardo di Colonnata: a hidden treasure in the Apuan...
Lardo di Colonnata: a hidden treasure in the Apuan Alps
by Great Italian Chefs
30 October 2017
Lardo is prized today for its rich, sweet and savoury flavour and creamy texture, but it wasn’t always that way. We headed to Colonnata – the home of lardo – to see exactly how this tasty salumi is made and to find out more about its intriguing history.
Italy’s best traditional soups and broths
Italy’s best traditional soups and broths
Italy’s best traditional soups and broths
by Luciana Squadrilli
23 October 2017
Luciana Squadrilli introduces nine of the most traditional and delicious winter soup dishes found throughout Italy, including the classic minestrone and some more unusual regional delicacies.
10 must-try dishes when you’re in Sicily
10 must-try dishes when you’re in Sicily
10 must-try dishes when you’re in Sicily
by Great Italian Chefs
29 September 2017
Influences from Arabia, Africa, Spain (and, of course, Italy) make Sicilian cuisine a veritable melting pot of flavour. Here are ten of the island’s most famous dishes that simply must be tasted if you’re visiting the crossroads of the Mediterranean.
Francesco Mazzei’s guide to Lazio
Francesco Mazzei’s guide to Lazio
Francesco Mazzei’s guide to Lazio
by Great Italian Chefs
18 September 2017
The UK’s most acclaimed Italian chef shares his favourite places to visit in Lazio, from the best ice cream in Rome to fantastic fish on the coast.
The most beautiful borghi of central Italy
Where to eat in central Italy's most beautiful bor...
Where to eat in central Italy's most beautiful borghi
by Great Italian Chefs
25 August 2017
We talk to some of Italy’s most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs about their favourite borghi, the charming historic villages found throughout the centre of the country, and where to eat whilst visiting them.
Ciccio Sultano’s guide to Sicily
Ciccio Sultano’s guide to Sicily
Ciccio Sultano’s guide to Sicily
by Pete Dreyer
25 August 2017
Sicily is a real treasure island of food – as long as you know where to look. We tagged along with Sicily’s very own Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano, as he showed us a few of his favourite spots.
Marco Stabile's guide to Florence
Marco Stabile's guide to Florence
Marco Stabile's guide to Florence
by Pete Dreyer
14 August 2017
As the head chef and owner of Ora d’Aria – one of Florence’s best restaurants – Marco Stabile is celebrated across the region as one of the great Tuscan chefs. So, who better to show us the gastronomic sights of the city?
Little fish, big flavour: the anchovies of Italy
Little fish, big flavour: the anchovies of Italy
Little fish, big flavour: the anchovies of Italy
by Luciana Squadrilli
01 August 2017
The alici (or acciughe) of Italy are plump, flavourful and among the best in the world. Luciana Squadrilli takes us on a tour of the country’s most famous anchovy fishing villages, and how the local cooks turn them into incredible dishes.
The power of pesto
The power of pesto
The power of pesto
by Luciana Squadrilli
17 July 2017
Luciana Squadrilli takes a closer look at one of Italy’s most famous sauces, before listing the lesser-known variants from other parts of the country.
Beyond bruschetta: 10 ways to combine tomatoes and bread
Beyond bruschetta: the regional bread and tomato s...
Beyond bruschetta: the regional bread and tomato salads of Italy
by Luciana Squadrilli
08 June 2017
Luciana Squadrilli takes some fresh, ripe tomatoes and some leftover bread and creates ten incredible Italian classics that are perfect for summertime feasting – and you don’t even need to cook them.
Chefs on tour: Pierre Koffmann and Bruno Loubet in South Tyrol
Chefs on tour: Pierre Koffmann and Bruno Loubet in...
Chefs on tour: Pierre Koffmann and Bruno Loubet in South Tyrol
by Great Italian Chefs
05 June 2017
Two chefs, one beautiful and unique part of Italy – see what happened when we whisked Bruno Loubet and Pierre Koffmann off to South Tyrol on a gastronomic whistlestop tour.
Fish of the Venetian lagoons
Fish of the Venetian lagoons
Fish of the Venetian lagoons
by Luca Marchiori
11 May 2017
Luca Marchiori takes a look at the different fish that make the canals and waterways of Italy’s most beautiful city their home, plus the fish dishes that are enjoyed throughout Venice.
The Italian Riviera: Italy’s vegetarian heartland
The Italian Riviera: Italy’s vegetarian heartland
The Italian Riviera: Italy’s vegetarian heartland
by Nancy Anne Harbord
09 June 2016
Nancy Anne Harbord travels to beautiful Liguria and discovers a local cuisine that's rich in fresh vegetables, rich pastas and farmhouse cheese.
Speck and spätzle: an introduction to Ladin cuisine
Speck and spätzle: an introduction to Ladin cuisin...
Speck and spätzle: an introduction to Ladin cuisine
by Great Italian Chefs
26 May 2016
South Tyrol is known for its unique cuisine, combining Italian, Swiss and Austrian cooking styles with unique herbs and flowers foraged from the Dolomite Mountains. Discover some of the region's most famous Ladin dishes.
Mountain culture: foraging with Heinrich Schneider
Mountain culture: foraging with Heinrich Schneider
Mountain culture: foraging with Heinrich Schneider
by Tom Riby
19 May 2016
Tom Riby heads to the South Tyrolean mountains with Michelin-starred chef Heinrich Schneider to discover some of the region's unique wild herbs and flowers.
The complete foodie guide to the Veneto
The food of Veneto, region by region
The food of Veneto, region by region
by Luca Marchiori
28 April 2016
Luca Marchiori takes us on a tour of the provinces of the Veneto, highlighting each area's local dishes, famous ingredients and culinary traditions.
The best chefs and restaurants in South Tyrol
The best chefs and restaurants in South Tyrol
The best chefs and restaurants in South Tyrol
by Great Italian Chefs
18 April 2016
Read our definitive guide to the people and places that are making this part of Italy one of the most important culinary hotspots in Europe.
The heel of the boot: food and drink in Salento
The heel of the boot: food and drink in Salento
The heel of the boot: food and drink in Salento
by Claudia Annie Carone
14 April 2016
Claudia Annie Carone introduces us to idyllic Salento, a charming, sun-kissed coastal region of Puglia steeped in culinary history.
Pane Sciocco: Tuscany's favourite bread
Pane Sciocco: Tuscany's favourite bread
Pane Sciocco: Tuscany's favourite bread
by Luca Marchiori
16 March 2016
Luca Marchiori looks at the history of Tuscany's famous salt-free bread and some of the dishes that make the most of its unique flavour.
Five amazing sweet snacks from Sicily
Five amazing sweet snacks from Sicily
Five amazing sweet snacks from Sicily
by Tom Wildman
25 February 2016
Take a look at some of the best treats found in the markets and shop windows of the largest island in the Mediterranean and cook them in the comfort of your own home.
A guide to Venetian chichéti
A guide to Venetian cichéti
A guide to Venetian cichéti
by Luca Marchiori
25 February 2016
Luca Marchiori takes us through the hidden side streets of Venice and talks us through the city's famous tapas-style dishes.
The fresh pastas of Tuscany
The fresh pastas of Tuscany
The fresh pastas of Tuscany
by Giulia Scarpaleggia
16 February 2016
Tuscany might not be especially well known for its pasta, but there are still plenty of fresh varieties made throughout the region. Giulia Scarpaleggia talks us through the local specialities.
Pine and pasta: cooking the food of South Tyrol
Pine and pasta: cooking the food of South Tyrol
Pine and pasta: cooking the food of South Tyrol
by Felicity Spector
25 January 2016
Felicity Spector heads to the Italian region of South Tyrol, a place rapidly earning an international reputation for world-class cuisine, to cook with chef Egon Heiss and discover some of the local specialities.
Modican chocolate: Sicily's ancient bar of cocoa
Modican chocolate: Sicily's ancient bar of cocoa
Modican chocolate: Sicily's ancient bar of cocoa
by Luciana Squadrilli
21 December 2015
Luciana Squadrelli introduces us to Modican chocolate, a speciality found in Sicily that's made in the same way as the ancient chocolate of the Aztecs.
Sweets in Siena: festive treats from medieval Tuscany
Sweets in Siena: festive treats from medieval Tusc...
Sweets in Siena: festive treats from medieval Tuscany
by Giulia Scarpaleggia
08 December 2015
Giulia Scarpaleggia uncovers a host of spiced, almond flavoured bakes made specifically for Christmas in one of Tuscany’s most beautiful cities.
Roam around Rome: the city's best street food
Roam around Rome: the city's best street food
Roam around Rome: the city's best street food
by Chris Osburn
08 December 2015
Chris Osburn serves up a fresh slice of the amazing street food he discovered on his recent jaunt to Rome.
Raising the bar: Naples' coffee scene
Raising the bar: Naples' coffee scene
Raising the bar: Naples' coffee scene
by Luciana Squadrilli
02 December 2015
Luciana Squadrilli takes an in-depth look at how people drink coffee in Naples and the bars – not cafés – that serve it.
Discovering the cuccuma: Naples’ traditional coffee pot
Discovering the cuccuma: Naples’ traditional coffe...
Discovering the cuccuma: Naples’ traditional coffee pot
by Luciana Squadrilli
02 December 2015
Luciana Squadrilli introduces the Neapolitan cuccuma and lists the best places in Naples to experience it for yourself.
Firenze’s finest: the best food markets in Florence
Firenze’s finest: the best food markets in Florenc...
Firenze’s finest: the best food markets in Florence
by Giulia Scarpaleggia
27 November 2015
Giulia Scarpaleggia explores the sights, sounds and smells of Florence’s many food markets and guides us through the best in the city.
The housewife-chefs of Parmigiano Reggiano country
The housewife-chefs of Parmigiano Reggiano country
The housewife-chefs of Parmigiano Reggiano country
by Nancy Anne Harbord
13 November 2015
Nancy Anne Harbord travels to Parmesan country, in the mountains near Parma to meet the housewives who have dedicated their whole lives to crafting the most delicious dishes.
Parmiagiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano
by Russell Brown
30 October 2015
British chef Russell Brown was inducted into the fascinating world of Parmesan production while on a recent holiday in Italy.