It’s unpleasant, but the fact is: it’s difficult to taste really good and delicious local food even in the most famous “gastronomic” countries. The tourist everywhere lies in wait for a dirty trick. Subtlety, which will help to know the world to taste, not going bankrupt and not getting caught in a typical divorce.
If the restaurant, actively offering to try traditional food, is located near a certain landmark, it is better not to succumb to its advertising. Hence the rule is the first: standing restaurants are rarely found on the route of a mass tourist.
At once the second rule: there is no national cuisine, there is a regional one! The wider the gastronomy of the country, the more the traditional cuisine of each part differs. So, if you go to Rome, find out not about “Italian cuisine”, but about “the cuisine of the region of Lazio”. Knowing such subtleties, you will try the really best pizza in the world. There is an opinion that even the most appetizing restaurant dish will not bring you all the flavor of foreign cuisine: it is only home food that can be used.
Local dishes in themselves are extremely exotic, besides Asian languages extremely complicate attempts of foreigners to comprehend local cookery. Residents, even speaking English, are often unable to explain the ingredients or way of cooking. Therefore, even for those who visited China, it still remains a country of duck in Beijing and noodles, and the gastronomy of Japan does not go deeper than sushi, rolls and tempura. If you do not know the language, risk ordering an unfamiliar dish at random or peek at the plates to neighbors: local people know better what to choose.
Knowing the seasonal products, you definitely will not go wrong with choosing the best food in the restaurant. So, fresh truffles in Piedmont can only be got in November and December. Early spring is the time of the tenderness lamb in Uzbekistan.
Find “the same place” in a completely unfamiliar city is not easy even with the Internet. Rely on the description of the site of some institutions is not worth it, look for comments from outside critics. You can safely rely on professional reviews of respected specialized publications such as Food & Wine, Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, etc. The columns “Travel” or “Food” of major mass publications, for example, The New York Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, CNN, BBC, National Geographic also give justified recommendations.
Finally, immersion in the gastronomic culture of any country will be incomplete if you do not get acquainted with the local traditions of eating dishes. For example, do not try the patience of Italians and pour ketchup on pizza or pasta. Pay attention to how it is customary to handle food: if the local people eat it with their hands, then you should also put the appliances aside and try to eat as it should. In Austria, strictly related to the culture of coffee consumption, it is customary to wash it with water. Be attentive to the details: so you not only show respect for foreign culture, but also feel it better.