he main sections of Webfoodculture are based on the typical courses of the traditional Italian meal. The choice to use this particular order to organize different kinds of food from all around the world is due to the great reputation of the gastronomy of this country. This section is about first courses (‘primi’): they include soups and food preparations based on cereals (wheat, rice, barley, etc.), for example, ‘pasta’.


Soups. Food preparations based on cereals (wheat, rice, barley, etc.): for example, ‘pasta’.

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

Fried pizza on a De Sica movie set.


ven if something similar to a fried pizza can be tasted in many places around the world, the type made in Naples is special. That’s probably why the famous Italian director Vittorio De Sica gave it an important role in the movie ‘The Gold of Naples’: a tribute to his beloved city. (continue)

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

Margherita: pizza of Queens.


any say that ‘Margherita’, the queen of pizzas, derives its name from that of a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Is it true? Well, it’s certainly enough to arouse curiosity and start a little investigation, deepening the knowledge of what is probably the most famous Neapolitan specialty. (continue)

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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)

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

‘Bolognese’ and spaghetti pasta.


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

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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)

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De Crescenzo about pizza.

'Arancino': a rice orange from Sicily.



rancino’, also known as ‘arancina’, is one of the most typical Sicilian food specialities, 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’.



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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