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A brief history of Italian cuisine

It is no secret that Italian cuisine is beloved around the world. Yet most diners are not aware of the rich
history behind these tasty dishes. The country’s ancient inhabitants, the Etruscans, originally subsisted on
a diet of meat, soups and variations of cereal. They invented olive oil and a long line of other staples in
traditional Italian cuisine. These staples “set the table” (pun intended) for the culinary explosion that soon
followed.
Greeks and Romans
Fast forward to the 8th century and the Greeks had colonized the southern portion of the country. Their
primary foods included bread, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, corn-based cereal concoctions, lupines, dry
figs…

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