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Meet the Essential Italy Team: Interview with Daniela Oliva

Here at Essential Italy, we pride ourselves on having a dedicated team of individuals, all of which strive to make your dream holiday become a reality; Daniela Oliva is one of those people. Born and raised in Sicily, she ensures that your time spent on the island is unforgettable. Read on to find out more!

Daniela Oliva


A Beginner’s Guide to Pasta

As one of the staple Italian foods, pasta is one of the most popular dishes worldwide. Since its first recorded reference dating back to 1154, the traditional cuisine’s roots can be traced back to Sicily, which is the oldest Western location that has documented its use. Globally, its use varies, however in Italy, the simple dish is often presented as a smaller first course when enjoying a meal, but can also be prepared as part of a salad or light lunch.

A bowl of authentic Italian pasta