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his section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical international food specialties usually served as first courses. The following articles include not just recipes, but also fascinating stories and interesting facts. More importantly, they provide precious indications on the most traditional restaurants and producers, giving the opportunity to taste the original flavor of these delicacies.


Food specialties based on cereals (wheat, rice, barley, etc.), for example pasta, pizzas and so on. Soups. The historic restaurants.

Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set. Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set.


ven if there are many types of fried pizza all around the world, the one from Naples has a very special flavor, coming from the nature of the place. So, it’s no coincidence that Vittorio De Sica assigned to this specialty an important role in his famous movie ‘The gold of Naples’. (continue)

Italy – Section: First courses / Street food

Margherita: pizza of Queens (img-01) Margherita: pizza of Queens (img-01)


ot many know that ‘Margherita’, the queen of pizzas, perhaps takes its name from a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Could it be true? Well, it’s enough to start an investigation, deepening the knowledge of the famous Neapolitan specialty. Let’s study its history and recipe. Let’s find the most traditional pizzeria to eat it. (continue)

Italy – Section: First courses / Street food

The most traditional food and wine.

The origins of 'Spaghetti Carbonara' (img-02)

The origins of ‘Spaghetti Carbonara’.


here are many hypotheses about the origins of ‘Carbonara’: one of the most interesting says that its recipe was born in Naples in 1944, during the last part of the Second World War. In this period the city became strategic for the Allied armies: the recipe could be the result of the combination of the most famous local food, spaghetti, with two products included in the combat ration of every American soldier, bacon and egg powder. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: First courses

'Bolognese' and spaghetti pasta. 'Bolognese' and spaghetti pasta.

‘Bolognese’ and spaghetti pasta.


ven if ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ is one of the most famous specialties in the world, many citizens of Bologna deny its authenticity. As a matter of fact they believe that the typical meat sauce, ‘Ragù’, can not be used to season spaghetti, but just ‘tagliatelle’ and ‘lasagne’ pasta. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: First courses

Sushi: typical food from Japan? (img-03) Sushi: typical food from Japan? (img-03)

Sushi: typical food from Japan?


ushi is generally considered one of the most typical dishes of the Japanese culinary tradition. Quite surprisingly, many experts claim that its birthplace is not the Land of the Rising Sun, but is located in a vast area between China and Southeast Asia. (coming soon)

Japan – Section: First courses

De Crescenzo about pizza.


‘Arancini’: rice oranges from Sicily.


rancino’, also known as ‘arancina’, is one of the most traditional Sicilian food specialties, consisting in a stuffed ball (*1) of rice, enclosed in a crispy bread coating. Its color is quite similar to that of an orange, hence the name (*2).
There are many different types of filling, for example:
Meat and tomato (‘ragù’);
Butter, ham and mozzarella cheese;
Fried eggplant (‘alla Norma’);
Pistachios of Bronte;

*1: It can be also conic in shape.
*2: ‘Arancione’ is the Italian for ‘orange’.

Pizza for the poors.


n Naples it may happen that the customer of a pizzeria, when paying the check, pays for one more pizza. This ‘pending’ pizza will be later offered to a person in need.


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