Italian Home Cooking
in Italy usually contain no fewer than 3-4 courses. Meals are seen as a
time to spend with family and friends instead of immediate sustenance, as
such the daily meals can be longer than in other cultures.
Each area has its own specialties, primarily at
regional level, but also even at provincial level. These regional
variances can come from the influence of a bordering country (such as
France or Austria), vicinity to the sea or mountains as well as economic
progress. Italian cuisine is not only highly regional, but is also
distinguished by being very seasonal with high priority placed on the use
of fresh, seasonal produce.