After a very long and time-confusing eight hour flight, I touched down in Milano for my 12-day tour of all Italy has to offer. Although the European country is known for its rich (read: violent) history and elegant architecture, its most flavorful artifact is its vibrant food culture. Or so I thought.
Though there is no shortage of restaurants, Italy's food scene is very, well ... Italian. Luckily for me, a tourist-tailored Italian lunch was included in each day of our stay. Unluckily for me, the large size of our tour group (14 ladies) meant fixed menus and very one-note meals.
Meat. Dairy. Carbs. And LOTS of tomatoes (which I hate, btw).
Here are the highlights of how each city transformed those mystery basket ingredients: