Why Eat Like An Italian?

The Mediterranean Lifestyle offers food that is both delicious and healthy. On this website, we discuss "why" this is the case, and "how" you can incorporate the wisdom of past generations into your modern routines. Buon appetito!

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When you hear “Eat Like an Italian,” what comes to mind?

Does it imply healthy Mediterranean food or the most delicious cuisine in the world?
Well, how about both? (Obviously!)

34 Italian Food Rules

Several years ago I wrote an article entitled, “Five Italian Food Rules that Foreigners Need to Know.” It was inspired by a few of the (many) reprimands that I’d received in

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Pasta alla Romana

Second courses in Rome often feature various frattaglie (innards) and scarti (scraps) and other parts of the quinto quarto (the so-called “fifth quarter,” or in other words, whatever the butcher scrapes off the floor after he’s done properly quartering the animal). While delicious when prepared properly, these dishes don’t necessarily translate well on the written

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Why Do Italians Live Longer

Why Do Italians Live Longer Than Americans?

If you’re like me, you’ve often asked yourself, “Why do Italians live longer and stay so trim while consuming daily portions of pasta?” Perhaps you even read the article debunking the notion that pasta makes you fat. Vindication for feeding my Italian daughter pasta every day! Yes, for me, it’s comforting to see occasional examples

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What Is An Aperitivo In Italy?

What Is An Aperitivo In Italy?

I’d like to mention one of my favorites of all Italian traditions: the aperitivo. What is an aperitivo in Italy? The term literally means “to open your appetite,” and as you might have noticed, the word sounds close to what we would call an “appetizer” in English, and that’s partly what it is—a little appetizer

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Mediterranean Diet to Reduce Inflammation

Mediterranean Diet to Reduce Inflammation

As I’ve mentioned in other posts on this website, I personally use the Mediterranean Diet to reduce inflammation. In my case, mostly for some chronic joint pain. As a former healthcare professional, I always look to the well-documented research of medical professionals rather than the anecdotes put forth by promoters of dietary fads. The Mediterranean

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What is polenta?

What Is Polenta?

Polenta is a traditional Italian dish that is made from coarsely ground cornmeal. It originated in Northern Italy, specifically in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, where it has been a staple food for centuries, traditionally associated with lower classes.  Traditionally, polenta is made by slowly cooking the cornmeal in boiling water or

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About the author


I'm  Rick

While living in Italy for several years, I accidentally discovered the many glorious benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet. I say “accidentally” because it wasn’t a conscious effort, but rather the natural consequence of trying my best to adapt to the local culture.

Eat like an Italian with Rick Zullo