Northern Italian cuisine is based on hearty, potato and rice-rich meals, Central Italian cuisine is mainly on pastas, roasts and meat, and Southern Italian cuisine on vegetables, pizza, pasta and seafood. There are so many cross-influences that you'd only get confused trying to categorize. Italians are extremely proud of their culinary tradition and generally love food and talking about it as cuisine is considered an art for them. When dining out with Italians read the menu and remember that almost every restaurant has a typical dish and some towns have centuries-old traditions that you are invited to learn. People will be most happy when you ask for local specialities and will gladly advise you. There are some specialities you should have a try:Risotto, Arancino, Polenta, Gelato, Tiramisù, pizza, cheese and sausages.