Street food in Italy

Italians love to sit in a restaurant or at home and talk and eat and drink ...but they also like to grab a quick snack too when they need to. Just to keep them going until they can sit down and eat and talk and drink again.


These hot panini filled with pork or sausages make the ideal snack on a cool day.


Italian housewives are very exact about what they will and will not buy, no matter how ernest the seller appears.


Lemon granita, that delicious and refreshing ice drink-dessert is just the thing when travelling. And you can never have too many chillies in the south of Italy!


Olive oil, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, lemons, wine, oil, oregano, rosemary - the basis of all the best Mediterranean shopping lists.


On a cold day in a market in Palermo, Sicily, this was the ultimate comfort food, its fragrance wafting through the alleys of stalls. Irresistible!


Many Roman pizzas are sold this way, by the slice - either the wedge-shape we are used to, but also in rectangles. F&T's favourite many years ago was potato and rosemary pizza bought through a window in a tiny side street near the Pantheon. The clue to how good it would be was the very long queue of locals. Always a good sign in any country.


Sicilians have perhaps the sweetest tooth of all Italians.


Chillies with a side-serve of stunning views.


Fichi d'India known in other places as prickly pear. Strange, dangerous to handle (those hair-like spines really hurt!) and maybe not worth all the effort - yet the locals love them.


Just imagine peeling all these!


On  a remote mountain road in Calabria we met this gentleman selling self-foraged mushrooms.



What a wealth of varieties, but we couldn't buy any as we had nowhere to cook them. He was not happy about that.


To appease him we bought some walnuts which turned out to be bad and worm-infested!


This market near the Pantheon is carrying on a tradition of markets in the Campo dei Fiori (field of flowers).


End of service and a tired chef gets a breath of fresh air and makes a phone call. The sign proudly announces that this place is the best takeaway restaurant in Ortigia, Sicily.


Maybe not exactly 'street' food, but this mobile display was certainly parked on the street!

What's the best thing you have eaten as takeaway in Italy? If it was pizza, what was the topping? 


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