Street food

Street food.


his section of WebFoodCulture is about ‘street of food’, meaning all those specialties often, but not necessarily, directly prepared in stands, carts or vans and immediately sold to hungry passers-by. It’s easy to understand that their main ‘feature’ is that they can be enjoyed on the move or, in any case, without necessarily having to sit at a table. The world is full of these specialties: let’s find together the most traditional ones.


Stories, information and interesting facts about the most traditional international street food.

George Crum’s potato chips (img-03, img-04)


ome 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: Street food / Appetizers

Crocchè in the vicoli of Naples. Crocchè in the vicoli of Naples.


rocchè is one of the most traditional street foods of Naples. Let’s find something about its history and recipe. Let’s find the most traditional place where to eat it. Let’s appreciate its incredible taste while strolling through the ‘vicoli’, the fascinating alleys of this incredible city. (continue)

Italy – Section: Street food / Appetizers

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: Street food / First course

The most traditional 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: Street food / First course

Empanadas in milonga. Empanadas in milonga.

Empanadas in milonga.


he ’empanada’ is a simple and yet delicious specialty originally from Spain, much appreciated in many countries of South America. It’s often served in the ‘milongas’, the tango ballrooms: the most famous are in Argentina, in the city of Buenos Aires. (coming soon)

Argentina – Section: Street food

Sandwiches for the Count (img-02)

Sandwiches for the Count.


robably 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: Street food

Luciano De Crescenzo about pizza.

'Arancini': rice oranges from Sicily.

‘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’.

The ‘Montanara’ pizza.


ontanara’, one of the most traditional Neapolitan street foods, is a variation of fried pizza.
The main differences are:
The lack of stuffing;
The seasoning: consisting in tomato, provola and parmigiano cheese, leaves of basil.
The cooking: after being fried, the dough is baked.

American Hot Dog.

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img-01 (*) – Margerita of Savoy, Queen of Italy (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}
img-02 (*) – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1783 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-03 (*) – George Crum, Georgs S. Bolster Collection, 1900 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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