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Switzerland – Cheese Fondue

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Cheese Fondue is an Swiss classic dish which is melted cheese inside of an communal pot, or fondue pot. This dish goes way back 5-6 centuries and has a big place in the Swiss history. As a way of increasing cheese consumption the Swiss Union declared this dish as the national dish of Switzerland in 1930. I recommend it to everyone to try it and have it as a side dip for other dishes because its flavor goes with every food palate.

Italy – Bruschetta

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Bruschetta is basically a starter dish which in Italy is called antipasto. It consists of grilled bread on which tomatoes are added along with some basil. The researchers claim its origin is either from Lazio or Tuscany. These both are cities in Italy. This dish is also reported to have been made first during the Ancient Rome. There are some fun facts and variations to the dish.

Italy – Carbonara

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The best pasta dish ever made in Italy is Carbonara. It is a pasta dish which is made by adding finely cooked pieces of Guanciale together with a creamy sauce of egg yolks and then finished off by adding cooked pasta. The name Carbonara is not old it is relatively more newer than the dish itself. It is derived from the word carbonaro which means "coal burner". There are many variations of the dish.

Algerian / Turkish – Baklava

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Baklava is one of the most popular desserts ever made in this world. It is basically pastry which is made by adding nuts, pistachios over the filo sheets which is then baked in the oven. This dessert goes way back to the times of the Ottoman Empire. There is a dish in the Turkish cuisine which resembles quite a lot with the Baklava and some say that it is the origin of Baklava. There are many countries which have their own versions of Baklava.

Italy – Panna Cotta

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Panna Cotta is a dessert made by boiling heavy cream and adding stuff like sugar, vanilla extract and gelatin. The best thing about this dessert is that it can be made with any flavor so there are thousands of its variations and another good factor about it is that it goes well with everything. Panna Cotta is an Italian word which when translated into English means "Cooked Cream". Panna Cotta is said to be originated in the region of Piedmont which is near the border of France. It is said that there has been no signs of Panna cotta before 1960's and, it was after the 2000's in 2001 it was listed in the traditional foods of its region. There are many similar dishes like Panna Cotta.

Italy – Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad)

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Caprese salad is the Italian word for Insalata Caprese. When translated Insalata Caprese means "Salad Of Capri". Capri is an island located near the city of Naples. The ingredients in the dish are of the same color as the National flag of Italy: green, white and red. Therefore this dish represents the whole Italy. This salad was first noticed in the year 1920 and then was introduced in the menu of a hotel named Quisisana. There are many variations of Caprese salad all over the world.

Italy – Pizza

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Each country has its own specialty for making pizza that is why it is so popular. There are more than 3000 variations throughout the whole world. The word Pizza came into light first in the 10th century and it was found in a Latin manuscript in the town Gaeta in Lazio Italy. However this version of Pizza was not the one which we are used to eating nowadays. The modern day pizza was created in Naples in the 18th century.

Italy – Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

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Panzanella is considered to be a very important dish as it is about 500 years old. The original idea was to give people something they can easily afford for the whole week with minimum ingredients. Panzanella is an Italian word and consists of two meanings separately. This dish is considered to be originated in Tuscany Italy.

Italy – Bistecca Alla Fiorentina

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Bistecca Alla Fiorentina is a special Tuscan T- bone steak whose meat is gathered from a special breed of cow known as Chianina cow. The beauty of this steak is its appearance as it attracts people towards it. It is more like a celebratory dish as it has a quite bit of history behind it. The first Bistecca steak was made in the year 1565 during the celebrations in the honor of San Lorenzo at the time of the Medici. Fiorentina steak is one of the best steaks in the world in terms of flavor and also the outcome after cooking it.

Italy – Gelato

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If you ask an Italian what his/her favorite dessert is they will all say one name only "Gelato". Gelato is a frozen dessert which is made with the combination of milk, cream and sugar. In Italy it can be easily found everywhere. It is a great family dessert and a great way to finish of the dining. Gelato is an Italian word which literally means "frozen" just like its texture and its flavor. It may look like an normal ice cream but it is not. Gelato originated in Sicily in the 16th century. The first gelato was made by Bernardo Buontalenti who was a native of Florence. Gelato is considered a prize in all of Italy and it is loved to the core.