Not all great meals come from restaurants. Some are served from carts and stalls and eaten on the go. So-called street food is not only delicious, but can be found in nearly every country, rich or poor. "It's a way to get to know the people and the flavor of a place," says the Italian writer, who has nibbled her way around the globe. She shares some favorite snacks and snacking places.
Naples, Italy ：Pizza
Pizza may be the closest thing to a global food, but Diamanti says there's nothing like the way it's prepared in Naples. The dish is often ordered from a window counter and quickly baked for customers. If you're eating it on the go, you fold it up for pizza, literally wallet style. "Our pizza is quick and simple," she says.
New York ：Hot dogs
When foreigners first visit America, one of the first things many want to try is the country's quintessential snack food, the hot dog. "It's the flag for America" — both inexpensive and democratic, Diamanti says. "You expect to see kids queuing at a hot dog stall, but it's executives. People with ties and suits."
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Diamanti says the best time and place to eat this portable Japanese meal is under a blooming cherry tree in the spring. Bento boxes are divided into small compartments, each filled with a different dish: often fish, meat, pickled vegetables, rice or tofu. "It's really just a taste," she says.
Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco：Food stalls
When the sun begins to set, this central square comes to life as crowds gather to sing, dance — and eat. Hundreds of stalls serve grilled meat, chicken and rice, and the traditional tagine, a spicy Moroccan stew made with fruit, vegetables and meat. "There is plenty of smoke with hundreds of people cooking at the same time," Diamanti says.
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Morelia, Mexico：Day of the Dead candies
When Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead in November, crowds gather to remember lost family and friends. And then they eat. The colonial city of Morelia specializes indulces de muertos, candies of the dead, including skulls made with sugar and chocolate, and borrachitos, sweets filled with liquor. "It's a festival of joy," Diamanti says.
Diamanti spent 15 years working with travel companies in Jordan, and grew to love the coffee, which is mixed with cardamom and has a bitter taste. In the desert, it's served by Bedouins, and considered a symbol of hospitality. "It's offered in small cups without handles," she says. Traditionally, travelers are served three cups. If a fourth is offered, just shake your cup side to side to indicate you've had your fill, she says.
This northern Italian city developed vermouth, a fortified wine mixed with spices, and today it's a favorite aperitif. Crowds fill downtown bars before dinner and overflow into the streets. "You take your drink and snack and you go out and chat with friends," Diamanti says.
These delicate filled pancakes originated in Brittany, but are now found across France, and beyond. They're prepared on the street and are popular with workers and tourists alike. Diamanti likes the sweet variety, sometimes filled with Nutella, jam or bananas and chocolate with cream.
The doughy pretzel has come a long way, Diamanti says. It arrived with immigrants from Central Europe and now is a ubiquitous snack on some city streets. While many people slather it with yellow mustard, she says she likes her plain. "In several Middle Eastern countries, I've found the same kind of bread, the same shape."
This seasonal treat is made by boiling maple sap and then quickly hardening it on snow or ice. It then is eaten on a stick or fork. The treat can be purchased from sugar shacks near Montreal and in the Laurentian Mountains.