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The most typical and traditional appetizers


This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical and traditional appetizers from Italy and all over the world. The following articles include their fascinating origins, useful information and interesting facts. They also provide indications on the historic restaurants and producers of these delicacies, giving the opportunity to taste their authentic flavor.


Specialties usually served at the beginning of a meal to whet the appetite. Some of them can also be considered ‘street food’.

Crocchè: the Neapolitan potato croquettes. Crocchè: the Neapolitan potato croquettes.

‘Crocchè’, the Neapolitan potato croquettes, are among the most typical street foods of this city. Let’s find out their history and recipe. Let’s visit the most traditional ‘friggitorie’ preparing them, so as to appreciate their original flavor. Let’s taste this specialty while strolling through the ‘vicoli’, the fascinating alleys of the ‘city of the sun’. (continue)

Italy – Section: Appetizers / Street food

Tomato Bruschetta. Tomato Bruschetta.

Tomato bruschetta is one of the best Italian appetizers. Its recipe includes just bread, tomato, olive oil, basil and garlic: their tastes and colors bring to the mind the Classical Age, a time of long past when Roman merchant ships crossed the Mediterranean sea, carrying jars full of wheat and wine. (continue)

Italy – Section: Appetizers


The most typical appetizers and the most traditional restaurants.

Potato chips (img-01) Potato chips (img-01)

Some types of food are so much part of our everyday life to attract little attention. Great is the surprise finding out their true origin, involving fascinating stories and interesting people. People like George Crum, a very special cook, considered by many the ‘accidental’ inventor of potato ‘chips’. (continue)

United States – Section: Appetizers / Street food

 Argentinian 'Empanadas’.  Argentinian 'Empanadas’.

Argentinian ‘Empanadas’.

‘The ‘Empanada’ consists in filled pastry dough: it’s a simple and yet delicious preparation originally from Spain and much appreciated in many countries of South America. It’s also one of the food specialties served in the ‘Milongas’, the tango ballrooms: the most famous are in the city of Buenos Aires. (coming soon)

Argentine – Section: Appetizers / Street food

Sandwich: history, info and interesting facts (img-02)

Sandwich: history, info and interesting facts.

Probably not everyone knows that the word ‘sandwich’ comes from the name of a nobleman: John Montagu, IV Count of Sandwich. It seems that he used to eat quite a lot of them: some say to keep working at his desk, some others to keep playing his beloved sessions of golf. (coming soon)

United Kingdom – Section: Appetizers

Epicurus about food (img-04)

Mountains made of ‘Parmigiano’.

Parmigiano Reggiano, also known as ‘Parmesan’, is one of the most famous Italian cheeses in the world. Its origin is very old: suffice to say that a clear reference to it can be found in one of the novellas of the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, a literary work dating back to the 14th Century. Describing the fantastic world of Bengodi, a place where all wishes come true, the author specifies that the mountains are made of grated Parmesan.

“… and on a mountain, all of grated Parmesan cheese, dwell folk that do nought else but make macaroni and raviuoli …”

American Hot Dog.


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img-01 (*) – George Crum, 1900, Georgs S. Bolster Collection (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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