From pasta and pizza to risotto and ravioli, the dishes are mouth-wateringly good and utterly irresistible.
And now Bahrain is set to celebrate Italian cuisine for a week with a focus on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Domenico Bellato, the Italian ambassador to Bahrain, said, “The Mediterranean diet has been identified by UNESCO as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.
“Much more than just a list of foods, the Mediterranean diet helps build social interactions. Eating together is an important part of Mediterranean culture, as it is in the Middle East, and plays a vital role in bringing people together.”
As part of the week, the mortar pesto world championship contest is set to be held for the first time in the Middle East on November 30.
Ten challengers will attempt to create the best traditional and authentic pesto sauce using basil, olive oil, parmesan, pine nuts and a pestle and mortar.
After they’ve complete the challenge, you’ll get to taste the pesto and other Italian products showcased at the event while listening to live music.
The winner will be invited to the finals of the world championship in Genoa in March 2020.
On December 2, there will also be a free night of Italian opera at the Bahrain National Museum.
If only the real thing will do, Gulf Air is set to launch direct flights from Bahrain to Milan in July 2020.
Free. Sat Nov 30 4.30pm onwards. Darseen Café, Bahrain Fort Museum, Seef (7733 6600).