Local Italian steakhouses usually offer simple dishes, while expensive restaurants in Rome or Milan use complex recipes, influenced by French cuisine. Italian restaurants are not only public catering establishments, but the soul of the country`s culture. The country is covered with restaurants: small and big, modern and old-fashioned, expensive and democratic - they are the oasis of carefree life. Italy is glorified for its wonderful food. Even if you have never been to this sunny country, you still know the taste of spaghetti, pizza, espresso, etc. These are the most popular and simple dishes of Italian cuisine. But, coming to Italy, be ready to experience a gastronomic shock - Italian food tastes here quite different than at home. Even a simple beefsteak in Italian steakhouse will seem more exotic: gentle cheese, spicy sauces, juicy fruits and refined wine build up practically each meal.
Many artistic persons draw their inspiration from the best Italian restaurants, and it`s not a wonder. Best Italian restaurants, like "La Perloga", "Bice", "Da Ilia", "Don Lisander" are a quite unique phenomena, which supplement to the romantic atmosphere as well as other historic monuments do. For example, "Bice"- is the oldest Italian restaurant, opened in 1922 in the fashionable quarter of Rome. It is famous all over the world as the meeting place of designers, textile-businessmen and other people, engaged in fashion industry. Tuscan cuisine, perfect service and prominent guests are the components of the eighty-year-old success. As for "La Perloga" - it is considered the best Italian restaurant all over the world for seven years already. Here visitors are offered to taste traditional refined Italian food and admire wonderful panorama of Rome. Best Italian restaurants as well as Italian steakhouses usually offer dozens of meals, including pizza, risotto, spaghetti, fish, wine, etc.
Risotto with truffles, artichokes, chops, soups are main items of Don Lisander`s menu , despite the fact, that a restaurant has no fixed operating time and is closed only when the last visitor leaves it. But the thing is that most of the guests come to the best Italian restaurant after theater or operas - quite late at night. "Da Ilia" will also offer you Tuscan food: "abbacchio"(mutton with rosemary under the sauce of white wine), "minestrone"(both thick and creamy and broth-like soups), spaghetti with octopus`s inks, sea-cock with fennel and shrimps on rasps and a wide selection of alcohol. Also taste "grappa"- a national drink made of grapes cake, with a rich palate.
So, food - is no small part of Italian culture and is strongly mingled into the life of both common and noble people. If you have no wish to taste refined and exotic meals, like extinguished with vegetables oxen` tail or a veal escalope, wrapped in bacon and fried in wine, you are always welcomed to more democratic places as they offer perfect meat dishes as well. Pizza-lovers must visit Ai Marmi, Caffe San'Eustachio, Ai Monasteri and practically each Italian pizzeria.
And if you are lazy enough to go to Italy, visit any restaurant of Olive Garden Restaurant chain. You will not be disappointed, cause the chief-cooks practiced their skill in Italy. Now you don`t have to look for the Best Italian restaurants- you know where to go.