When you think about Italian food, your mind may drift to visions of pasta, lasagna, pizza and amazing cafes. However, there are a few other food options that Italy is known for that may not be as appealing to the taste buds. Keep reading to learn about some of these weird foods you may want to try here.
1. Stuffed Mice with Mince
Yes – this is still a dish that is eaten. Today, the mice are a protected species; however, in the time of ancient Rome, they were stuffed with spices, herbs, nuts, and minced meat. This is still an ancient delicacy and consumed in a small village that’s found in Calabria, in the Southern Italian region.
2. Maggot Cheese
This is actually sheep milk cheese that is obtained in a very natural way. Thanks to the cheese fly, which have their larvae in the cheese, it’s a natural fermentation process. When the cheese has fermented enough, you can eat it on a thin piece of bread called Carasau. Keep in mind, though, the cheese becomes toxic when the maggots die so you need to eat the cheese while they are alive and, well – jumping.
3. Tuscan Chicken Liver
This is similar to pate; however, there are some recipes that use chicken hearts and anchovies along with the chicken liver. It isn’t smooth and fancy like the French pate and there are several bits of liver in the dish. Locals really love it.
This isn’t just the little bird that sings to you when the sun comes up – they also get stuffed full of all sorts of meat bits, which includes rabbit, beef, port, and bits of different birds. They are then put on skewers and broiled. Usually, this dish is served with polenta.
5. Cow Guts
If you venture to Florence, you will be able to eat cleaned guts stewed in broth or spread into bread rolls. This dish may also be served on a plate with herb or spicy sauces. This is actually a dish that is quite good so don’t be afraid give it a try.
When it comes to weird Italian dishes, there are more than a few to try. Keep in mind, it’s a good idea to get to know what they offer to ensure you don’t get something too weird that’s going to turn your tummy.
By finding the best foods in the area, it is possible to really immerse yourself in the Italian culture and ensure you get the true taste of Italy – regardless of how weird it may be.