Knife and fork

If our Hidden Gems of Malaysia feature had you craving our delicious Coconut Beef Curry then this peek at some of Italy’s finest spots is sure to get the taste-buds tingling for our King Prawn, Sundried Tomato and Chilli Linguine and a very chilled glass of Prosecco. Here are some ideas for a memorable Mediterranean trip.


Italy is famous for its incredible Mediterranean cuisine, and foodies like The City Kitchen chefs seek out its fresh seafood, fruity wines and of course, Italy’s staple – pasta.

Fans of our linguine should head to the region of Liguria on Italy’s northwest coast where, along with Genoa, linguine originates from. The area is known for serving trenette, a traditional flat pasta similar to linguine, and a must-try for pasta fans.

Of the many picturesque towns along Liguria’s coast, consider a visit to Manarola. This Instagram friendly seaside town perched upon the rocks holds a lot of charm and spectacular views. Seafood lovers should eat at Trattoria Billy, known for its extensive fresh seafood menu.

While in Italy, it’s impossible not to be wowed by the endless beautiful architecture, with tourists flocking to world-renowned iconic buildings and landmarks. The Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are certainly must-sees depending on where you go, but there are many more sights and experiences to be had outside the main tourist destinations.

The stunning town of Montepulciano might be most recognisable for its starring role in Twilight: New Moon but foodies flock the world over to this municipality for its world-famous food and wine. Renowned for its fantastic full-bodied flavour, Montepulciano wine is perfectly paired with roasted pork and cheese, authentic delicacies that the region is famous for producing. For a behind-the-scenes experience of the winemaking process, visit the Contucci winery and vineyards where you can explore the myriad of barrels in the rustic cellar and taste the flavours first-hand.

The Venetian island of Murano is renowned for its brightly coloured houses lining the iconic canals. The perfect place to pick up a souvenir, Murano is famed for its gorgeous glasswork, with visitors travelling hundreds of miles just to visit the Museo del Vetro and explore its glassmaking history. Murano is also unmissable for fantasy fans as the Church of Santa Maria and San Donato houses large bones which legend says are those of a slain dragon!

Can’t make it to Italy? Comfort yourself with our authentic King Prawn, Sundried Tomato and Chilli Linguine, available from the Tesco chilled aisle, and settle for some wanderlust on our Instagram.

Exploring Italy: off the beaten track

Did you know?

Did you know that Japanese food is literally vital to the Japanese culture? Japanese cuisine is one of only three national food traditions recognised by the United Nations for its cultural significance.

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