The word “foodie” is thrown around so easily nowadays that it seems you can just snap a photo of a beautiful meal, use #foodie, and thus seamlessly glide into the world of experts. With the start of #eatingfortheinsta, snackers have been trying to steal the foodie crown. A true connoisseur though, holds no candle to us mere mortals in the food game. The world of Italian Foodies opens a whole other level of glitz, glam, and inevitable envy. Now, I’m not going to lie to you, there are a ton of Italian food bloggers out there.
Pizza and pasta are even both in the Top 3 Instagrammed food! Coincidence? I think not. So who do you want to follow to see authentic and traditional recipes? Whose photos will make your mouth water the most? Who can really wear the Foodie crown in all its glory? Here are the Best Italian Food Bloggers.
1. Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome
Published author, app developer, and winner of the 2015 Best Food Blog Award by Italy Magazine, there’s no doubt that Elizabeth can proudly wear the Foodie Crown.
On her website you’ll find mouth-watering recipes, cooking workshops, and an insider’s scoop on where to dine in Italy’s cities. She writes about “the good stuff in Italy”, so you’ll grasp all aspects of la Dolce Vita. Based in Rome, Elizabeth is the ultimate specialist for The Eternal City.
“I love telling stories: through words, photographs, and film. These days my tales are mostly about food.”
2. My Little Italian Kitchen
Alida Zamparini is a guru in healthy yet traditional Italian recipes. She effortlessly disproves the stereotype that all Italian food is cheese and carbs (*quietly sheds a tear) and shows the multifaceted nature to the national cuisine. Although now based in the U.K. she was born in the northern Italian region of Friuli, something which is incorporated into her recipes.
“Cooking is an expression of who you are and your personality. You have to put your whole self into it: your passion, feelings and experiences all go into the food and you become part of the recipe. There is also lots of pleasure when plates are wiped clean and every stomach is satisfied!”
3. An Italian in My Kitchen
This is a blog after every expats heart. Rosemary Molloy moved to Rome in 1989 and immediately fell in love with Italian food and culture. Sound familiar to any expats out there?
She began eating food that opened her eyes to a different style of cooking, and she learned what the coveted title of “authentic Italian food” truly meant. Rosemary developed her own vegetable garden and even put in the years of work to grow her own vineyard.
She has developed recipes using local methods, basic ingredients in most dishes, but the “how” will make or break them.
Check out her “Cooking Tips” section of her blog for the insider secrets before you test out any of the recipes. After her 20 years in Rome, she now balances her time between The Eternal City and Toronto.
“After marrying an Italian and living in Italy I have learned to cook and love it. I want to share traditional Italian Home Cooking.”
4. Emiko Davies
Another expat who made Italy her home, Emiko focuses on Florentine and Tuscan cuisine and food culture, which is where she calls home. She also has hints of southern recipes which are oh so yummy! Her blog is built around her published cookbooks and developing recipes. These all use traditional Italian ingredients and historical methods from Tuscany.
Broaden your understanding by checking out the “Travel” section of her blog. Here you’ll find restaurant recommendations, cooking with your children, top local food to try, and hidden gems in various cities and towns.
“Living in Tuscany during this time has taught me something about Italian cuisine- that it doesn’t really exist; rather, there are twenty regional cuisines and thousands of provincial cuisines.”
5. Toni Brancatisano
Raised in Australia by her southern Italian father and English mother, she was always surrounded by fresh produce and wonderful home cooking by her mother, and learned that food has a story.
Now, she tries to replicate that same situation for her family. As an adult, she lived in Tuscany for 14 years before settling in Rome, where she is currently based. Thus, her recipes display that Tuscan and Lazio flavor; as we now know, Italian food is defined only by its regional cuisine.
Although she develops recipes for various parts of the meal, her specialization is in sweets, as is shown in her cake decorating cookbook and decorating classes. If you dabble in the Italian food channel, you’ll have seen Toni host various series.
“I know my children don’t get it now, but I hope that one day they’ll treasure the recipes on my blog and reminisce with love when a recipe sparks the nostalgia of a special memory. It’s these types of childhood memories that have shaped my food journey.”
6. The Roman Foodie
The Roman Foodie blog was created by The Roman Guy for all those travelers that were visiting Italy but simply weren’t getting the best Italian foodie experiences that are available. So “The Roman Guy Foodies” decided to create a blog filled with the best restaurant recommendations, cool foodie places, where to get the best cocktails in town as well as Italian recipes to get people cooking and looking forward or reminiscing over their Italian vacation!
Local foodie Sean says: “It takes years of living in Rome and getting to know the people to figure out the real story behind which restaurants are famous for their kitchen and which ones are famous for their names. We’ll take you to the right ones.”