FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL IN ITALY: A JOURNEY IN PURSUIT OF MULTIPLE FLAVOURS.

by Filippo Berio
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FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL IN ITALY: A JOURNEY IN PURSUIT OF MULTIPLE FLAVOURS.


Street food is the best route (literally!) to learn about a territory: local gourmet traditions and typical products prepared and eaten just as the locals do. Italy’s specialties vary from region to region and from one town to the next. In some places you might find dishes unknown from just a few miles away. Unfortunately, tasting all of these different regional street foods takes time and could involve a long journey. That’s why Food Truck Festivals are the best solution to try them all in just one place.
So let’s see (unfortunately just see, not taste…) which are some of the most known street foods one can try in the several Food Trucks Festival all over the Peninsula.

Palermo – Sicily

Pani ca meusa is a sandwich made with vastedda, a local bread with sesame, stuffed with veal’s lung and spleen fried with lard with a slice of Sicilian lemon and some grated Caciocavallo cheese.

Salento – Apulia

Pupiddhri are little fishes deep fried and placed in layers of breadcrumbs, chopped garlic, mint leaves and a drizzle of white vinegar. These fish are served in paper cones easy to eat while
strolling.

Ariccia, Norcia – Central Italy

Porchetta trucks can be found at every fair and festival: it’s the Italian Street food par excellence!
Popular everywhere in Italy, it originated in Central Italy probably in Ariccia, Lazio, or in Norcia,Umbria. It is made by layers of pork, fat and stuffing (garlic, rosemary and herbs), rolled up in pigskin and roasted. Porchetta is sliced and simply eaten on its own or served in a… panino, ofcourse!

Ascoli Piceno – Marche

Olive all’Ascolana: deep fried giant olives stuffed with braised chicken, beef and pork. It is essential to use the olives with a rich sweet pulp that grow around Ascoli Piceno and in the territories near Teramo.

Modena, Reggio Emilia – Emilia Romagna

Gnocco Fritto is bread dough fried in lard and served with sliced salumi, cured meats, and cheese.
Today it is common to find the Gnocco fried in Olive Oil as it is less heavy, maintaining all its rich flavour.

Recco – Liguria

Focaccia genovese: Fugassa is the name of this flat bread with a thickness of not more than 2 cm, soft and at the same time crunchy, filled with crescenza or stracchino cheese and with a glossy Extra Virgin Olive Oil topping.

Abruzzo

Arrosticini are grilled skewers of mutton cut into small cubes. When cooked, the tradition states that they have to be brushed with a branch of rosemary dipped in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
These are just few of the local, marvellous street food specialties that can be eaten all over Italy and that can be found in just one place during the Food Truck Festivals.

ON THE ROAD TO GENUINE ITALIAN CUISINE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

There’s something for all tastes: sweet, salty, spicy and dainty… itinerant Food Truck Festivals conquered Italians’ hearts. The service is fast, you eat outdoors in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, often in beautiful locations with a glass of wine or an artisanal beer: a feast for all the senses!

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