I suppose one's tastes for food is a matter of personal
preference. In regards to an earlier comment from someone stating that one country's food is superior to anothers, that too is a matter of personal preference.
I love good pasta, but I don't consider it any more "cyclist friendly" of a food than French food, and even in periods where I'm a heavy training schedule I don't personally
seek pastas over other foods. To each their own, no?
Personally I love French food and have personally found it preferable over most
Italian foods available to the average tourist, even the tourist with a nice wallet and connections to pull.
It really depends on the individual's own tastes, and I don't think we should get into a debate of one country's foods versus another's.
The question is really about environment: accessibility to routes with minimal travel between/from places of stay, comfort with local traffic/customs and language. That's it.
Given as you state the existence of personal preferences in the matter of food, then do not personal preferences also extend to the consideration of criteria of interest to a particular cyclist when traveling? Is it not reasonable for a poster to bring up certain factors and criteria for consideration, and then let each reader apply them according to their own preferences? Can not food be a criterion for consideration?