Learning from the talented food lovers we encounter — be it at a tiny, family-owned panini joint in Florence or a vibrant tequila bar in Baja California — gets us amped to cook recipes inspired by our travels.
It’s no secret that we love Italy, so we travel there as often as we can. But, we can’t always be street-food crawling in Milan, day-tripping to Lake Como, or wine tasting in Franciacorta as we do on our boutique group trips to Italy.
The next best thing? Cooking some of these classic Italian recipes, inviting friends over, and daydreaming about travel.
Here are more than 20 classic Italian recipes to give you all the feels for when you can’t be in Italy in real life.