Undiscovered flavors of Italy
Yes, Italian cuisine is so much more than pasta, pizza and gelato. These three definitely became famous for a reason. If made right, they are probably the best things you'll ever put in your mouth. But they are not the only ones. If you really want to try something unforgettable, literally unforgettable, next time you travel to Italy dare to walk into one of those tiny restaurants, never advertised on a travel guide.
They are usually hiding in the mountains or at the end of a dead-end unpaved road, miles out of town. When you finally find one and walk in, you will feel like you are stepping into somebody’s home. An old woman will slowly walk from her kitchen to greet you and welcome you to one of the few tables in the room. She will smile at you like a mother and will treat you like her own son from the moment you sit at her table to the moment you step out of the door.
After a while you’ll start wondering how in the world does she do it all on her own? But then you'll notice her husband in the corner of the room, still wearing his gardening clothes, busy starting the fire in their 100 year-old fireplace. Their daughter will then shyly walk to the table and will start describing a few dishes from the menu, in Italian of course. But don’t worry, there’s no need to understand. You'll start speaking the same language the moment you take the first bite of the mystery dish you end up ordering.
I promise you will be eating the best food of your life, drinking wine that you will never be able to find anywhere else again and will feel “at home away from home”. When it's time to leave, don’t be surprised if the old lady will look at you with guilty eyes when it's time to take your money. To her you really were her son or daughter for a couple of hours after all.