French cuisine has a reputation for being one of the finest in the world. French cuisine is very distinct and has greatly influenced other western cuisines. Traditional recipes vary according to region. The North of the country use butter as the preferred fat for cooking, while olive oil is preferred in the South. Each region of France also has a traditional specialty for which it is known: The Southwest is known for Cassoulet, Alsace is known for Choucroute, the Lorraine region for Quiche, and Bourgogne for Beef bourguignon. France is also known for its wines, such as champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, and Beaujolais; as well as its cheeses, like Camembert, Roquefort and Brie.
Here are just some of the best restaurants to visit in France:
The Creperie Bretonne- The Creperie Bretonne in Paris serves tea or cider along with sweet crepes and savory galettes. This is an affordable place for budget travelers who want to sample authentic, traditional French cuisine.
The Nissa Socca- The Nissa Socca in Nice serves traditional nicoise cuisine which uses local ingredients such as olive oil, anchovies, fruit and vegetables. Some of its recommended dishes include the Socca, which is a chickpea pancake, and the salade nicoise, which is a tomato salad with green peppers, baked eggs, tuna or anchovies, and olives.
The origins of modern Italian cuisine date as far back as the 4th century BC and evolved through centuries of social and political change. Important changes occurred upon the discovery of the New World, which brought with it vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which haven’t been introduced in scale before the 18th century. Recipes vary from one region to another. Cheese and wine are mainstays of Italian cuisine, although they play different roles both regionally and nationally depending on how they are used. Coffee, particularly espresso, plays a significant role in Italy’s cultural cuisine. Famous dishes from Italy include pizza, pasta, lasagna, focaccia, and gelato.
Here are a few of the best restaurants to visit in Italy:
The Da Giggeto in Rome, Italy- Roman cuisine is prepared using seasonal ingredients, most of which, come from the Roman Campagna and is prepared in a simple way. Some of the key ingredients featured in Roman cuisine are vegetables such as peas, globe artichokes , fava beans, milk, goat and lamb meat, as well as cheeses like Pecorino romano and ricotta. The Da Giggeto in Rome serves a fusion of Roman-Jewish cuisine. A recommended dish is the carciofi alla giudia and the calamari. The restaurant is also known for its rustic interiors, and a warm, friendly service.
Da Michele in Naples, Italy- Naples has a history of producing an assortment of famous dishes and wines, and it draws its influences from different civilizations, such as the Greeks, the Spanish, and the French which have ruled the city at varioustimes. Naples is synonymous to pizza for most Italians, and it started out as a meal for the poor, but became better known after Ferdinand IV. One of Naples traditional pizzas, the Margherita was named after Queen Margherita who visited the city. For simple, unadorned Margherita or Marinara pizza, the place of choice would be Da Michele.