So we asked Mauro Rosati, an Italian food editor and author ofStreet Food Heroes: Guide to the Best Italian Street Food, for help. Related: The Tastiest Street Snacks Around the World In ancient Rome, street food was the only way the poor could eat. Nowadays street food is a trendy treat that has been reinvented by top chefs. Forget the typical dirty pickup truck serving sandwiches made of peculiar ingredients: "Street food is now quality food," says Rosati.
Gelato and pizza are terrific, but they only scratch the surface of Italy’s exciting, rich and colorful street food scene. We picked 12 essential street eats you must try on your next trip. (Two words: fried cream).