When you think Italian food the first thing that pops up in your mind is pasta pizza and the yummy gelato ice creams !! But the real Italian food starts with a visit to a Italian market !
Phillips, a former resident of Florence, explained the evolution of the market. Once a central distribution point for fresh foods, meats and fish, the market went into a decline when supermarkets came on the scene, and folks found easier parking and the squeamish didn't have to look at animal carcases.
Foreign foodies and immigrants eventually changed the atmosphere of the market. Poorer immigrants didn't have cars, and searched for the raw ingredients for their own cuisines, foreign foodies wanted access to the famed foods of Tuscany, especially ones that they couldn't find in their own markets, like boar roasts and cow stomachs.
Eventually the market adjusted, and these days you can taste, buy souvenirs, eat full meals or a sandwich, and even gawk at the fish. Fishmongers are used to visitors and seldom try to discourage tourists from photographing (that doesn't mean you shouldn't be courteous to people trying to make a living by actually selling fish to customers, of course).
Italian food is full of tradition and culture , just hang around at a market and look at the locals the way they get there favorite products and deal the price with hand gestures !
To best cook Italian food is to select a good quality product a and don't mix to many flavors on it, keep it simple to enjoy the product it self (ex grilled fish , just use salt pepper, virgin olive oil and lemon) Italian rely on the freshness of the product .
By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com