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Italian place where 'Italian' food is not eaten

Italian place where 'Italian' food is not eaten

Everyone who travels to Italy knows the agenda. A crop day and maybe a bit of shopping, followed by aperitifs and pasta for dinner. Or maybe a pizza - or even a risotto. Because that's how they eat in Italy, right?

The people of Lake Trasimeno are very different from the masses.

The nearly 50-square-mile lake - nestled in Italy's central village in the Umbria region - is known for its traditional dishes that differ tremendously from its neighbors.

Italian place where 'Italian' food is not eaten

Umbria is the only landlocked region on the Italian peninsula - and is known for its hearty, heavy-meat food that comes straight from the wooded hills: truffles, bacon and sausages are among its most famous exports.

And yet here on the lake, traditional foods are avoided in favor of pasta and pizza in favor of fish. However, the daily fish - instead of tuna or sea bass, is perch, spotted and eel.

Italian place where 'Italian' food is not eaten

They are often cooked in an unusual way. Carpa regina in porchetta, one of the most popular dishes of the lake. "Roasted carp like porchetta" (pork) takes one of the largest fish in the lake, seasones it with strong spices and roasts it - as it does with the classic Italian meat, porchetta.