Italy Inspires Art Behind the Glass Case

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When I’m in Italy, one of the sights that never fails to grab my attention are the many glass display cases well stocked with delicious food. I switch to cruise mode as I pass by and hungrily admire thick meaty paninis on focaccia bread, thin crust veggie pizzas, deep-fried potato balls, fresh-baked croissants, rainbow-colored salads and mouth-watering gelato. The Italians have a way of making food a constant festivity and these glass cased tidbits are no exception.

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A well-dressed display case puts everyone in a good mood. No matter how long the line is, people seem to be having a good time, including the sales staff behind the cases.

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These appealing focaccia paninis are layered with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. They were delicious and didn’t last long. I admired the way they were so attractively arranged on my plate.

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The thick and the thin….just how hungry are you? The thin ones are heated with meat and/or cheese.

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On a typical hot summer day in Rome, bowls of fresh fruit sell quickly.

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Who doesn’t love a gelato? There are so many different flavors it’s difficult to choose, but cioccolato or nocciola (hazelnut) are my favorites. I especially enjoy a gelato cone as I stroll down the street on a warm summer evening.

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Everything is freshly baked, flavorful and tender

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Although Italians are not typically big on sweets (dolci) like we are, there are tempting treats to be had.
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Insalata displays entice me the most. All of the ingredients are fresh and tasty. Seafood, olives, eggs, cheese, the Italians can really dress up a salad. Combined with olive oil and vinegar, it is a complete meal in itself.

So the next time you are busy checking out the sights in bella Italia, stop to visit these glass cased works of art. In a culture notorious for its many famous masterpiece paintings, not all of the most sense inspiring are from the Renaissance.

 

 



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  1. Beautiful photos and what jumps out at me is that this food is what you’d eat on the go. It’s so nice not to see sandwiches that were hermetically sealed at the factory, overstuffed crusts and buns, and deep-fried meat. This is good, healthy food – proof that pizza and sandwiches don’t have to be heart attacks on a plate!

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  2. Delicious post, Susan. I’m inspired to put extra effort into making dinner tonight. The apple I had for lunch didn’t quite satisfy my craving for comfort foods.

    Blessings on your weekend ~ Wendy ❀

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  3. “Homesick” for Italia once again ~🙂 Our first trip to Italy, 2003, third day we get off the train in Venice, walk out of the station and come to a dead stop. I mean OMG it’s the Grand Canal!! Breathing deeply we turn left and walk maybe a 100 feet. Dead stop again, mouths agape, hopefully we weren’t actually drooling, in front of a window where the most amazing collection of cheeses, meats and lunch delights was displayed. I am sure we spent 5 minutes just oogling before we shook ourselves out of the stupor and continued on our way to our hotel. I’m sure it was that moment that decided our annual visit to Italy was as important as breathing, solidified 3 days later with an amazing 24 hrs. in Tuscany.

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  4. Lovely post! I think Italians have perfected the art of window decoration!

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  5. Yes, Italians just know how to make and present food. They are so good at it. I will definitely visit the places that you’ve talked about. Nourishment to eyes, tummies and souls!

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  6. There was a time when everyone working in offices or stores would go home for a lunch. Stores were closed and offices would take long breaks. When more and more businesses started the practice of staying open during lunch, Italian bars started amping un their lunch offerings, what you now see in those pretty cases. The flip coin is that now those who are able to take their lunch at home are very, very few.

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  7. This much is true. Food in Italy is so much part of the culture. They have pride in it. Everyone savor it. It’s not just something of a necessity, not just nourishment for the body..It’s like that in Italy, and it’s not like it in a lot of other cultures.

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  8. Really inspiring photos, especially the gelato!

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  9. Two words: Absolutely Delicious! This is a feast for the eyes and I would have to be reading it while waiting for dinner to cook. It will seem very uninspiring after this! Thanks Susan for a delightful post🙂

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  10. Beautiful! It all looks so wonderful!

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  11. So true…why oh why can’t we have this where I live? Just reading your article inspires to go out into my vegetable garden, harvest something fresh and start cooking (or buy a ticket to Florence).

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  12. Nothing better than thin crispy pizza al taglio in Rome! Simple and delicious! Thank you, Susan.

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  13. The most difficult part is selecting what to eat! It’s all delicious and tasty.😀

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  14. I miss window shopping for food in Italy. Even on a full stomach, this post makes me hungry! Lovely photo essay. Thank you for sharing. ~Tui, popping by from #MondayBlogs

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  15. Just had a great dinner – BUT after reading this my eyes are still hungry. Can’t wait to visit someday!

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  16. I miss the displays of food when I’m not in Italy…they’re so wonderful! The grocery near my in-laws is incredible…I want to transport the shop right here in my town!:)Great post, Susan!!

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  17. I can still see those displays so clearly – just don’t let yourself be persuaded to partake ‘a tavola’, when 200% is added to the price😉

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  18. Lovely pics of panini, foccaccie, gelati and frutta. Perfect foods for ‘spuntini’

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  19. I agree…it’s always a treat to see those glass display cases arranged with all the beautiful (and tasty) food! I especially think the “pasticcini” displays are the most beautiful. And then I love the way they wrap them up when you buy them – all pretty in a box tied with a beautiful ribbon! They take such pride in everything they do – it’s really a pleasure to buy things in Italy.

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  20. Yes Susan I agree. Their glass cases displaying the different foods are fantastic. I only eat ice cream (gelato) in Italy and my favourite is nocciola

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  21. Great, Great post!!!! I am ALWAYS taking pics of the food in the glass cases too!!! YUM!

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  22. Beautiful pictures/post! I am over here drooling looking at all the yummy sandwiches and treats!

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