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Culinary Traditions

Italian food and the Mediterranean diet are revered all over the world. While often simple in nature, the quality of the ingredients and preparation are second to none. Recipes are often variations of family traditions and make use of fresh, local ingredients. Pasta, fish, fruits, vegetables, cheese and wine are all central to Italian cuisine.

Outside of wonderful daily meals at the cafeteria covered by your CIMBA program fee, Paderno del Grappa offers a pizzeria, cafe, bakery and more. You’ll also want to explore the picturesque vineyards surrounding campus.


Authentic Culinary Delights

Veneto Region Cuisine

Cuisine plays a vital role in the culture of Veneto, and CIMBA’s home region has some of the most recognizable dishes, desserts and wines in all of Italy and the world. The most common dish is polenta, which is prepared differently across the region. Veneto’s coastal areas are unsurprisingly known for seafood, while the inland plains areas are known for grilled meats. Other popular dishes include risotto, bigoli, fettuccine, ravioli and gnocchi. Tiramisu and galani are popular desserts, while prosecco and other Venetian wines are popular drinks.

  • Naples – Margherita (Neapolitan) Pizza
  • Bologna – Lasagne & Ragu Bolognese
  • Milan – Osso Buco & Saffron Risotto (Risotto alla Milanese)
  • Florence – Florentine Steak (Bistecca alla Fiorentina)
  • Verona – Gnocchi
  • Genoa – Pesto
  • Rome – Spaghetti alla Carbonara
  • Trento – Polenta
  • Parma – Prosciutto di Parma
  • Capri – Caprese Salad
  • Sicily – Arancini
  • Trieste – Coffee
  • Amalfi Coast – Limoncello

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