Some of the most common foods eaten in Italy include cheese, pasta, rice, cured meats and vegetables. Food choices in the country also vary by region. More » Geography Europe Italy

Enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, the most popular type of food in Italy is pasta. Popular pasta dishes in Italy include Rigatoni alla Carbonara, Spaghetti con le vongole, Fettucine Alfredo and Penne alla Bolognes... More » Food Food Facts Regional Cuisine

Staple foods in Italy differ by region. While pasta is the staple dish in the south, rice and polenta dishes are most popular in the north. Pizza became popular in the north only in the 1980s and '90s. More » Food Food Facts Regional Cuisine
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