When it comes to Italian cuisine, there’s nothing quite like the authentic, family-run bakery. Goloso, an independent Italian focaccia bakery in the heart of London in Soho, has been serving traditional Italian flavours for years. And now we can’t wait to teach you about our homeland cuisine and share a few facts about Italian food, such as the predominant flavours we use, cooking techniques and more.
We focus on using high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques passed down from our passionate Italian Nonnas (Grandmas) and our desire to share delicious Italian food with the people of London. Goloso has become a true treasure in the UK’s culinary scene. So we are passionate about teaching our readers about Italian food’s exquisite flavours and intricate details.
What are the most popular flavours in Italian cooking?
Italian cuisine is known for its rich and diverse flavours, with each region offering its own unique take on traditional dishes.
Some of the most popular and beloved flavours in Italian cooking include tomato, basil, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Another staple is the herb oregano, often used to season pasta sauces, pizza, or meat dishes. In addition, similar to other Mediterranean cuisines, red pepper flakes, rosemary, and thyme are frequently used to add depth and complexity to dishes.
One of the defining features of Italian cuisine is its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients combined to create both flavourful and satisfying dishes. From comforting pasta dishes to aromatic soups and stews, Italian cuisine is a celebration of the senses and a testament to the country’s culinary heritage.
What are the origins of Italian cuisine?
The origins of Italian cuisine can be traced back to ancient Rome, where the first cookbooks were written and the Roman regional cuisine began to develop. For example, did you know Roman pizzas are distinctive from other regional Italian pizzas? Roman pizzas are made using oil, allowing the dough to be extra stretchy and form an ultra-thin crust. Some people even liken Roman pizzas to a loaf of thin focaccia bread, and, like focaccia, it is often sold by the slice rather than by the whole.
Over time, various other cultural influences, including Greek, Arab, and French, helped shape this diverse and flavourful cuisine that is so beloved today. Italian cuisine is also heavily influenced by local ingredients and traditions, with each region having its own signature dishes and flavours.
What is the secret to the health-promoting and tasty foods in Italian cuisine?
The secret to health-promoting and tasty foods in Italian cuisine lies in its simple, fresh ingredients.
Olive oil, tomatoes, herbs, and whole grains are staples of the Mediterranean diet, which is one of the healthiest in the world. Italian cuisine also emphasises seasonal eating and locally-sourced ingredients, which helps to ensure that dishes are both delicious and nutritious.
You can find these ingredients in many of the items on the Goloso menu, such as the Nonna Angelina focaccia made with Parma ham, mozzarella, tomato and basil.
What makes Italian cuisine unique?
As mentioned, Italian cuisine is unique because it emphasises fresh, seasonal ingredients and uses bold, bright flavours.
Italian chefs also pride themselves on using simple yet sophisticated techniques, which bring out the natural flavours of each ingredient. Italian cuisine is a testament to the country’s rich culinary tradition and a feast for the senses, whether it’s a comforting bowl of pasta or a wood-fired focaccia.
Inspiration Behind the Goloso Menu
At Goloso, each dish on our extensive daytime menu is a celebration of the flavours and traditions of Italian cuisine. From the classic Chicken Milanese and Porchetta to the more unique Tartufata and Zia Pinotta, each dish is carefully crafted to bring a taste of Italy to your plate. The menu is inspired by our family’s favourite recipes, passed down from generations of Italian bakers.
One of the highlights of Goloso’s menu is our city-wide famous focaccia. This traditional Italian bread is the heart of our focacceria and bakery. Made with only the finest ingredients and baked to perfection, each bite of Goloso’s focaccia is a true celebration of Italian flavour. Whether enjoyed on its own or as the base of one of our delicious sandwiches, our focaccia is a must-try for anyone who loves Italian cuisine and lives in London. Read more about Italian focaccia and hows it’s made on our blog!
In addition to the food, Goloso also offers a variety of drinks, including traditional Italian espresso, cold drinks, and even a selection of wines. So whether you’re in the mood for a quick pick-me-up or a leisurely lunch with friends, Goloso has everything you need to celebrate the heart of Italian cuisine.
As a small family-run business, you can always expect to see a friendly face at Goloso, so please don’t hesitate to ask our team about the food if you are intrigued by one of our items!
Try Italian Cuisine for Yourself Without Taking a Flight to Italy
If you want to experience authentic Italian flavours and traditions, visit Goloso café and bakery in Soho soon. So, grab a quick bite on the go or settle in for a leisurely lunch; we have everything you need to experience the authentic flavours and traditions of Italian cuisine. With a focus on quality ingredients, traditional techniques, and a passion for their craft, Goloso is the perfect place to celebrate the heart of Italian cuisine.
To learn more about the Goloso menu or team, visit our blog. And don’t forget to follow our journey on Instagram @Goloso_UK for mouth-watering updates and behind-the-scenes insights. Experience the taste of Italy right in the heart of London!