Do you have a finicky eater in your family? A toddler or teen who may not like tomatoes, olive oil or some other interesting spices? How about a child who only likes to eat one thing, like chicken nuggets? Well one thing that families traveling to Italy typically find is a very limited number of food choices when going out compared to restaurants in America. Menus in Italy are straightforward but mostly contain much of the same type of items. Pastas, salads, meets, desserts.
You won’t find your Panera Bread or you’re healthy wrap shop, you actually will not even find many of the fast food places that you are accustomed to. If you think you’re going to have a problem with your child not wanting to eat much of what’s available, we suggest acclimating your child to the types of flavors they might experience when they travel to Italy.
Slowly introduce your children to flavors like tomatoes, tomato sauce, olive oil and vinegar on bread, oil and vinegar as salad dressing as there’s no such thing as ranch, 1000 island or any of the other flavors that we are all used to. Have your children try artichokes or different types of pasta that they are not used to so that when you are faced with a typical Italian restaurant menu they will not be surprised.
Have fun getting ready for your big trip by fixing different Italian dishes that you might find at the places you will be traveling. Also get ready for a lot of seafood, because of there are so many beautiful coastlines in Italy you will find a wide selection of seafood. If your kids aren’t seafood eaters you may want to start introducing them to something simple like breaded fish cutlets, clams or muscles which will be found almost everywhere in Italy.
By introducing your family to flavors that they might not be used to before they travel will give them the opportunity to broaden their horizons and try something new during their trip instead of having to fight scrunchie no-no face of children that do not want to eat something.