Although the concept of Mediterranean Diet is shared pretty much by every Country bordering the sea, the inclusion in the world heritage list was promoted by 4 Countries from both the north and south shore: Italy. Spain, Greece and Morocco.
Food is pretty much a religion in Italy, so the official starters of the Piedmont Region are approximately 140. Our creativity may allow us to create new ones, but for those who are very sticky to tradition, nothing can be served as an official starter out of the codified ones.
You will never find a definitive recipe for the Ligurian Vegetable Pie. In fact, although it is a tradition, every cook makes it differently, mostly due to season’s availability of the raw materials.
Minestrone is mostly a “concept” rather than a recipe as ingredients vary a lot based on seasonality and geographical area. The final result changes quite a lot every time you make it as vegetable do not have standard sizes and your personal taste may like it with more of this and less of that, or you may include even legumes to make it more consistent and to increase its nutritional value.
The Italian Cusine is extraordinaire. Based on local products, each region and even each city or village has its own traditional recipe thus making the so-called “Mediterranean diet” listed among the UNESCO intangible world Heritage.