National Italian Food Day


We celebrate National Italian Food Day every year on February 13th.





So, perhaps you’ll want a nice Bolognese pasta, because Ragu alle Bolognese is Italy’s national food, made with meat, tomatoes, and tagliatelle pasta.




But the most popular food in Italy is pizza. In 1889, when Queen Margherita of Savoy visited the city of Naples, the now famous pizza Margherita was born.




Representing the colors of the Italian flag, it features tomato sauce, hefty chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.




(Okay, I admit that before I toss one on the grill, I tend to add some pepperoni.)




On one of our Italian cruises with friends Dr. Jeremy and Beverly Moody, Sir Ronald and Dr. J learned to toss pizza dough. Glad we were on the top deck, as Sir Ronald was shooting for the moon!



We have also enjoyed pizza Margherita at Campiello’s on 3rd Avenue in Naples, FL. They cut the basil in strips and add shredded Parmesan. But, ahhhhh, it’s a treat to enjoy with a glass of wine at an outside table on National Italian Food Day or any other!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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