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One cannot live by art alone – not even in the great cities of Italy,  where unparalleled art, design and fashion abound.  So, for every museum, every masterful sculpture, every bustling market and elegant boutique, every candlelit church that a traveler admires, he should indulge in a meal that reflects the region's culinary traditions – tastes born of the rich abundance of the Mediterranean, its seaside, its countryside, its verdant hills and golden fields.  It is a cuisine that is simple, frugal, hearty, rustic, refined.

These meals vary according to where you are on the peninsula because the ingredients are local, the produce coming directly from the nearest vegetable plot, the fruit from a nearby orchard, and the lamb most likely grazed not far from where you are seated. Northern cuisine is rich in butter and creamy sauces, the central part of the country prepares dishes from the bounty of the land in simple, wholesome ways, and the dishes get spicier as one travels southward. The pasta shapes differ, the seasonings vary, and the choices change from region to region. One thing never changes – the abundance of food and the love with which it is prepared.

I have created a website, Menus and Memories, dedicated to my impressions of a sampling of restaurants, by no means complete, of where to dine while traveling through Italy. You can also visit my blog,  Artful Rooms with a View, where I share both my hotel and restaurant posts.

Restaurants in Italy

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