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If you are getting married in Italy, it is likely that one of your reasons for choosing this beautiful country is the exceptional quality and variety of the food and wine. Italy has a strong eno-gastronomic culture, and many social events revolve around food and drink - all of which is invariably of excellent quality.

From famous dishes such as pizza, pasta and tiramisu, to wedding favourites like confetti (Jordan almonds) and wanda (wedding pastries), through to dishes little known outside of Italy such as pastiera napoletana (Italian Easter cake) and Sicilian arancini (fried stuffed rice balls), browse this section to find out more about Italian food and for ideas for your wedding breakfast.

Also in this section you can read about various Italian wines, be they reds like Chianti, Nero D’Avola and Valpollicella, whites like Falanghina, Soave and Gavi or even sparkling varieties like Prosecco, Pignoletto or Asti. There are delicious varieties of each, some well known overseas, others not, so if you are a fan of wine or just want to find out more, this section is for you.

Est! Est!! Est!!! - Wine in LazioAlthough Lazio is not a well known wine producing region, it does produce some excellent varieties. One of the most famous is Est! Est!! Est!!! produced in Montefiascone, a town to the North of Rome near Lake Bolsena.

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olive oil and olivesThe very basis of the Mediterranean diet, Italian cuisine just wouldn’t be the same without this particular ingredient. Olive oil is known for its delicious flavour, its golden colour and its incredible health giving properties, and although it is made in many countries of the Mediterranean, it is general consensus that the Italian varieties are among the best.

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GrapesAlthough Lazio is not well known as a wine producing region, there is one bottle that has by now become synonymous with the great city of Rome. This wine, Frascati, has been produced in the area for over two thousand years, and has earned the name “vino dorato” or golden wine, owing to its colour and, of course, to its economic value.

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wine samplingMost of the Italian wines which have received critical acclaim in the past have been Northern varieties, with the South being seen as producing mainly slightly acidic wines made to be drunk immediately. In ancient times, however, it was the region of Campania and the surrounding area which produced the most prized wines.

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chocolate as place makersWhen you think of a country for chocoholics, you might not automatically think of Italy, but it is actually the country that officially boasts the best chocolate in the world, making it a perfect wedding or honeymoon destination for those who can’t get enough of the stuff! For a bit of temptation and some ideas on a chocolatey wedding, read on...

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