If you haven't eaten your way across Italy yet, consider the advice of someone who has. Italian food varies dramatically from region to region, but you can rest assured that you will find pasta, wine, espresso and gelato wherever you go.
We, however, suggest stepping out of your culinary comfort zone to try all (or almost all) that the country has to offer. Here is a guide to the basics. When it fails, your best bet is to order what the guy next to you is having -- "prendo quello che ha preso lui."
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