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The ruins at Baalbek are all well and good, but if you want more immediate – not to mention digestible – evidence of Italy’s cultural legacy in Lebanon, you need only drop into one of the numerous delightful Italian restaurants in Beirut. Unsurprisingly, pizza predominates, though that’s no gripe when we’re talking about the fine wood-fired offerings at PZZA.CO or Margherita. But for the adventurous (and gluten-averse) among you, the Beirut restaurant scene throws up myriad cosy trattoria that serve mama’s home-cooked dishes alongside the usual range of pizza and pasta. What more could you ask for?