Relax like an Italian: take time out to savor your meal

what is mortadella

Above: Some of the best pizzerias in Rome now often serve sauceless pies topped with freshly sliced mortadella.

One of Italy’s greatest gifts to the world is its culinary traditions. Pasta, pizza, caprese salad, osso buco, risotto, panini…

And the list goes on and on: just think of the many Italian and Italian-inspired dishes that have become part of our own culinary traditions here in the United States.

Most Americans couldn’t live without them!

When cooking Italian food at home, always look for the freshest ingredients and take advantage of the many excellent Italian cookbooks that are available today and the many Italian food bloggers who post regularly about their favorite recipes.

But there’s another Italian lesson that we can all benefit from by taking time to properly savor our food and enjoy mealtime.

Sitting down at the lunch or dinner table is a sacred event in daily Italian life. No matter how hectic the workday or how busy the schedule, Italians always put a hold on everything when they sit down to eat.

It’s a time for workers to recharge and families to reconnect.

And here’s the Italians’ best-kept secret: by relaxing and winding down at the lunch or dinner table, you’ll also digest your food more easily.

So the next time you sit down for a meal, whether at home or while taking a break from work, eat like an Italian by taking time out to truly taste every morsel.

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