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TRAVEL: 10 Unique Vegan Italian Dishes You Must Try

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

A round-up of 'accidentally' vegan Italian dishes that you probably haven't heard of but should really get acquainted with. Be sure to try these 10 regional dishes during your Italian holiday.



It may be no surprise to you that Italian cuisine has a plethora of traditional vegan dishes. In a country that is largely focused on fresh vegetables, beans, legumes and carbs such as pasta, pizza and bread – there’s no shortage of feasting opportunities for the vegan.


On my most recent trip to Italy, more flavours, dishes and ingredients were revealed to me as I travelled from north to south. Instead of sharing with you the more obvious vegan options, such as, spaghetti aglio e olio, pizza marinara or gelato al limone – I thought I’d take you a little deeper into some regional classics you may never have heard of.


NORTHERN ITALY


1. FARINATA AND CECINA



They call it ‘Farinata’ in the Piedmont region and ‘Cecina’ in Tuscany. No doubt each region claims important differences in each dish, but for the most part, both of these pizza-flat breads are made from chickpea flour (farina di ceci) water and oil. They're baked at piping hot temperatures and are one of the most delicious gluten free vegan savoury snacks in Italy. Many a pizzeria in the north will have Farinata or Cecina on the menu, often enjoyed as a starter. I beg you to order two.

2. AMARO & BICERIN LIQUEUR