Italy: The Food Awards (Part 1)

One of the main reasons we chose our particular bike tour for our honeymoon was the food. The itinerary included such activities as wine tastings, olive oil tastings, cooking demonstrations and truffle hunting. Plus, it was in Italy, so the food was pretty much guaranteed to be noteworthy and fantastic!

There was far too much fabulous food for me to include it all in one post, so be prepared for part 2 tomorrow.

The Most Frequently Consumed Beverage:

Since we were cycling an average of 30+ miles a day, water was the winner here. However, that doesn’t really count. πŸ˜‰

Two-Way Tie goes to…

Espresso (in the form of macchiatos and cappucinos)

Italy Macchiato

and Wine.


Now I wish I had an espresso maker, but I guess my coffee maker will have to do. πŸ˜‰ As for the wine, I’ll have a full post about that later!

Most Unique Appetizer:

This has to go to the truffle-flavored soft cheese we were served on the second-to-last night. It was delicious, both alone and on bread!


The One Food I Was Afraid to Eat:

Steak tartare. Raw meat FREAKS me out (a fear I’m working to get over!), and I just couldn’t eat it. I tried one bite, and I was done. However, the mushrooms surrounding it were delicious.a


The Best Salad

Dan and I LOVED this zucchini salad with rocket, shaved Parmesan, pine nuts and truffle oil. So, so simple and delicious! The best bites were the ones with the cheese, because the sharp and salty cheese contrasted with the truffle oil wonderfully.


Did I mention that I had this with some pear-gorgonzola gnocchi? Such a fantastic, creative sauce!


The First Dish Dan Asked Me To Recreate At Home:

Baked onion stuffed with potatoes and cheese. He asked me to recreate several things over the course of the trip, but this was the first one. And understandably so–it was great! Like a stuffed pepper, but with a sweet onion instead. Yum!

Italy Food

The Best Fruity Dessert

Homemade preserves served with cheese. There was pear with sliced almonds (left) and peach (right). We had these at a family vineyard with lunch one day, and I couldn’t stop thinking about them for the rest of the day!



  1. says

    i LOVE that you did this for your honeymoon. what a fun, unique experience you guys will remember and cherish FOREVER. πŸ™‚ the gnocchi & soft cheese you pictures look unreal! SO tasty!

  2. says

    So yummy! Traveling is such a great way to expand horizons and good recipe inspiration. Billy and I said the same things about recreating our favorite dishes from the trip – only he’s the book in our marriage. I can bake, though! (Kind of). πŸ™‚

  3. says

    WOW, I want to try the baked onion and the zucchini salad! Any plans on posting your recipe for the onion? I’d love to hear it so that I can try it, too. Nom nom nom.

  4. says

    The most interesting food on the list for me is the baked onion stuffed with potatoes and cheese. I think if I’m in Italy I’ll try any food…it’s just the spirit of traveling right?