7 Ways to Eat Like a True Italian
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Do as the Italians Do
Don't Butter the Bread
Hammer Those Vegetables
Think Local for Wine Pairings
While Super Tuscans and bold Brunellos may dominate Italian wine lists abroad, neither of these pricey reds is particularly popular among Italians. The average family spends under 12 euros per month on wine — by drinking what’s made locally. This approach (which guides the food-and-wine-pairing adage “if it grows together, it goes together”) celebrates regional flavors.
When it comes to pairing, look to Italy’s geography: Pair margherita pizza, native to Naples, with mineral-rich white wines made near Mt. Vesuvius. Rome’s carbonara naturally pairs with Cesanese del Piglio, made just southeast of the city. And Piedmont’s exquisitely rich food marries well with local Nebbiolo-based wines.