Plus, more highlights from her interview with The New York Times.

Elisabeth Sherman
May 02, 2018

With the release of her new cookbook, Giada’s Italy, Giada De Laurentiis has solidified herself as one of the most prominent acolytes of Italian food today. She’s an expert in enjoying a life of luxury and leisure, and if you want to learn to do the same, you might want to listen to what she has to say. Thankfully, the Food Network star recently gave an interview with The New York Times, in which she revealed her secrets for traveling and eating in Italy.

First of all, De Laurentiis calls Sicily an “undiscovered” region of Italy, so you may want to add it to your bucket list if you haven't already. However, she even more strongly encourages people to check out the outskirts of Naples. Some of her favorite pasta comes from this area, in particular from a company called Setaro.

You’re probably even more curious about what De Laurentiis eats when she’s in Italy, and the answer is that she goes straight for the classics. When she lands in Rome, she typically eats “warm pizza bianca with mortadella inside,” from a shop called Antico Forno Roscioli. When it comes to gelato, her favorite flavors are fig and rum, espresso, and pistachio, and her go-to gelato shop is Gelateria De Neri, in Florence, not Rome.

If you’re looking for more recommendations about what to do and what to eat on your next Italian vacation, Food & Wine has the answers: Abruzzo might be another one of Italy’s most underrated regions, but it’s home to one of the country’s most “compelling” gastronomic scenes.

If you’re planning to visit Rome, on the other hand, this seasoned tour guide gave us the inside scoop on her favorite restaurants in the city. And don’t forget to sample a classic Italian cocktail while you’re there, the Aperol Spritz. Here are five places in Rome where you can try it.