The traditional Italian food of Southern Italy includes some of the most flavorful and most popular dishes in the World, such as pizza, eggplant parmigiana, coffee, mozzarella di buffala. Here are the 9 best Made in Italy dishes you must try in Southern Italy:Pizza Margarita
Naples is famous for some of the best Pizza in the World. If you really love Pizza, you should go to Naples for the pizza festival that takes place in the Fall. You can’t really go wrong with pizza in Naples. Look out for the Vera Pizza sign at the pizzeria. It guarantees that your pizza is baked in wood burning brick oven, the crust is soft and light, the pizzaiolo (pizza maker) is a real maestro with 2-3 years of apprenticeship completed. Some of the best pizzerias in Naples are the following:
- Brandi (where Pizza Margherita was invented)
- Di Matteo (famous for its deep-fried pizza)
- Sorbillo (in centro historico)
- Da Ettore (elegant)
- Lombardi (try pizza with smoked provola cheese)
- Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba (oldest pizzeria in Naples and Italy, founded in 1738)
Read more about Pizzerias in Napoli by 2Foodtrippers.com
Sponge cake soaked in rum is famous in Naples and is a must try when visiting the region. Baba comes in all kind of sizes. Sometimes they open them and fill them with cream or ice-cream. They are very delicious.
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There are so many giant lemons in this region, like nowhere else, I have ever seen. Each lemon weigh about a pound. They make everything out of these lemons. Lemon soaps, lemon cakes, sorbet. Their most famous drink is lemoncello of the region. They also make a similar drink out of melon as well called meloncello. These are a speciality in Italy and you must try them once you are here.
It is a folded multi-layered flaky pastry stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese inside. It is very tasty.
You cant go wrong with coffee in Italy. I only had really amazing coffees during my stay. The best one was the hazelnut coffee at il Vero Bar del Professore on Piazza Trieste. This is one of the best coffee places in Naples.
- Gnocchi Sorrentina
Potato Dumplings made with rich tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil. Amazing speciality of Sorrento.
You can have fresh seafood such as branzino (seabass), polpo (octopus) tonno (tuna) all over the region. They are freshly caught and very tasty.
- Mozzarella di Buffala
It is like the Cadillac of mozzarella cheese. You can have mozzarella anywhere in Italy, but this region produces some of the best Mozzarella di Buffala. You should make sure to taste it while you are in the Campania region.
- Eggplant Parmigiana
It is my favourite Italian dish. Called parmigiana de melanzane is a typical dish of the region. Layered eggplant with delicious tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese on top. I could eat this dish every day!
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