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My God, you must be so poor and jinxed if you only ate pasta and pizza. Maybe not even moving your heavy asses from your little towns and villages in Arkansas or something. So please, make an effort, if you go to Italy try to have a lunch in a REAL Italian restaurant, at least once in your life! All the rest is McDonald, oily cheap American pizzerias, or some of your creepy courses with squirrel, andouille and rice...

Even in United States the dishes are more various than in Italy.
Food from a lot of different countries make US one of the best for eating fresh and organics food like in France.

Italian food is my all time favorite, out of many different cuisines that I like. I don't think I have tired anything Italian that I don't like.

I don't think people should vote for their own country, if they were not allowed to this list would be less biased. That being said, I think American food gets a bad reputation because most people outside the country have probably only tried fast food. Of course that is junk, but if you know where to look there are many regional cuisines in the USA that you would probably like and even some that are healthy.

I just made a really good meal last night with trout fish, with a side of wild rice and string beans/slivered almonds-at least 98% American and 100% delicious (according to my wife at least) and even healthy. Then there is barbecue, cajun, regional seafood dishes and many other things you probably don't know about. Big Macs are not the only thing Americans know how to make.

Firstly, I am Italian and I love our Italian food. I wont say it is the best one out there because I personally love many other types of cuisine. Reading some of the comments here I got really upset, because saying the Italian cuisine is just pasta and pizza is like saying that the US population is made just by white Americans. Its just bull. I live in the north of Italy and we eat pasta and pizza just one day a week. We have some of the best fishes and meet you can find out there and there is huge diversity of vegetables and cheese, not speaking of rice and cereals. Just to give you an example good quality Chinese restaurants and supermarkets buy their rice from Italy. It isn't the best country in the world but at least just don't say no-sense bull over our food, because there are very few cuisines that can be compared to the diversity of the Italian one. - generalegelatina

I'm Spanish and personally don't really like the Italian dishes but objectively they should be lower into that list.

Italian food is so good there's pizza, spaghetti and lots of other good food! But I do love tacos from Mexico they got it right! Just like the Italians I'm also Italian!

As time goes on I keep learning about new and unique tasty Italian dishes. It has an incredible diversity of very delicious dishes. It's got light and fresh up to rich and hearty and everything in between. I have figured out why Italian is so good, it is not spicy. The fresh ingredients are what you taste and not the spices. A few spices only accentuate the food. It is not dominated by a taste of certain spices. But rather the food itself speaks to you, the texture, the freshness, the quality of ingredients, etc. It seems as though most of Italian food not only taps into our basic human cravings, but has this comforting "lunch at grandma's on a Sunday afternoon" feeling that accentuates and reflects the warmth of the Italian culture.

We have been in Italy for our weeding it was a disaster.
We are not used to eat Italian food, and they were not able to cook something else, some more tasty and more pleasant dishes.
Idem for finding restaurant not offering this Italian food, this country is definitively not like the other countries in western Europe.
If you come from a country like ours (Taiwan), we recommend you better to go to other western European country for food but also for the rest, because Italian people are not so nice with tourists.
It should be also mentioned in touristic guides that Italy is like so closed people and way of life.
Liu Chiu-long.

I personally think the food is disgusting. Deserts are bloody good though.

Italy really deserves to be at the number 1. Italian food makes the vast majority of the world population happy about its taste. A lot of people like Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese and so on food but when it comes to Italian food the percentage of the world population that likes this food is much higher than the one related to other cuisines. Italians with their personalities have managed to make the Italian food the greatest success among all the other cuisine. Just like the Roman Empire that has created the civilized West that we all now enjoy Italy is the world leader cuisine. If you for example think about pizza you find out that if you travel the world you will see that nowadays anybody makes pizzas anybody from any religion to any race and to any kind of person in this world. You will see Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Mexicans, Americans, british, Brazilians and so on making pizzas in their shops. Italy well deserves the TOP. - wilsonjohn - wilsonjohn

Here in Switzerland we have lots of Italians who immigrated with us for the last 150 years.

Each year and that for generations most of them, and by entire families are returning back to their own country (Italy). That shows how much they are not integrated and how much they do not want to really stayed in Switzerland. Those people do not give any added value to our country. They just refuse to be pure Swiss.

And we guess that this stupid and arrogant way to do is not only visible in Switzerland but also in major countries where they have migrated all along the ages.

So they just come with their food pizza and pasta, eat just that and never try to tend to be Swiss.

Most of other migrants from Asia, Africa and South-America for example are much more respectable people and therefore much to be respected.

And Italians will never accept in their own country someone doing the same as they are doing.

For this reason Italians are very racist, in ...more

Racism in Italy? Go to the south and see how many refugees we host every day. - giulia22

Number 1, you are pulling our legs?

The Italian diaspora is strong here and everywhere, it's the only way they have to exist.
Really comparing food from Japan, USA, Thailand, China, France, Spain etc with bad Italian quality and real basic food, that said a lot on certain behaviors.

When will this website enter the new millennium and finally start using a registration-only comment system? I'm tired of the same analphabetic idiot who posts the same anti-Italian comments wherever Italy is in the top ten and then spends his sad days voting them up. For how mentally disturbed he surely must be, the most unacceptable thing is that he can continue doing this because the moderators do nothing about it.

To my knowledge there's no (civilized) website that still allows anonymous comments, all require either registered or social media accounts.

You got to be kidding me with that , right?

Nothing TOPS a great American style hamburger! NOTHING!

Unquestionably the greatest food on Earth. This beautiful peninsula has produced the most variety of cheeses, grapes and olives. The most variety of dishes than any nation ranging from the spicy dishes of the south to the earthy dishes of the north. Also surrounded by water in every direction, producing some of the very best seafood anywhere.

Versatility; no other nation has it the way Italy does.

On another note, Italy gave birth to haute cuisine in France as well. Not to mention they gave birth to the best ways to make coffee.

No comparison, Italy wins this hands down.

Italy best food for the pizza everything it is the best in the world not Mexico.

I'm in love with Italian food! I can also say that it has variety from 10.000 kinds of spaghetti and pizza also sea food. I've eaten there a pizza and it only had tomatoes and mozzarella it was the best I could ever imagine it's awesome! And also let's face it everyone like Italian food!

Italian food is so good there's pizza, spaghetti and lots of other good food! But I do love tacos from Mexico they got it right! Just like the Italians I'm also Italian!

Best food for the pizza everything it is the best in the world not Mexico.

Hell yeah! Who doesn't love spaghetti?

Italian are even not able to cook a nice Burger.

Sorry, but you have to admit that a country which is offering in restaurants only pasta and pizza cannot be on the top on this list, it is just unbelievable.

Being so lucky to travel in one of the most important and culturally influential countries in the world, with one of the most appreciated cuisine in the world, and then going in search of a McDonald's is a true abomination, as well as a demonstration of an abysmal ignorance. Some people should not travel the world. However, if you really want to poison yourself with that piece of crap, Rome has more than thirty McDonald, Florence has ten, even Venice has two McDonald... Enjoy!

What a big joke we found here. Real intox, never heard Italy number 1. I've been there to work (difficult to work there with them..). Anyway, it is the country of no taste, the country of poor choice, the country of the NOWHERE FOOD.
Pizza right but American PIZZA.
Pasta right but China (or AsiaN) PASTA.

But Italy... Out of this game.

Pizza in Italy are just inedible, unpalatable only in the US or UK we know what is a do good pizza plenty of tastes and ingredients.

Number 1 Italy?

A Country where it's not possible to find a well cooked piece of beef, a grilled lobster as it should, a turbot served in art of entertaining etc.. Because not able to do such high level of cuisine.

This country cannot pretend to be number 1.

Just some words to qualify food in Italy:

Nasty, horrible, untasty, not various, poor, unpleasant and old fashion restaurants with arrogant owners and waiters.

Compare to US where you have plenty different cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, African Countries etc.. Etc..

In Italy you find only Italian food, it's so depressing that is better to go around in Austria, Germany, France etc.

But avoid this country which must be No 3456.

US have chinese japanese... this doesn't count, they're not your real cousins. - DaisyandRosalina

Depressing? Well, if you eat Chinese you don't even know what you're eating, you don't know if it's a chicken or a rat. - giulia22