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Let's all give a round of applause for the pizza

It's only fair to mention that in Italy, pizza is almost always accompanied by beer, but being the rebel that I am, I decided to go for the Greco. This particular pizza is called Isola Verde (green island, the nickname for Ischia) and if you ever come, you MUST try it.

Here's what I loved about good pizza:

1. Before the first bite, you can smell basil and bread.
2. As the pizza approaches your mouth, the scent of basil is supported by the milky smell of mozzarella and fresh tomatoes.
3. As your teeth break into the perfectly chewy dough, the pass this layer to give you the gift that is the flavor of mozarella di bufula (sweet, rich, unique), followed by a sweet/tart hit of fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, and a raw green crunch of spicy arugula.
4. THEN, there's that briney, porky love that is prosciutto on top of it all! PROSCIUTTO! Where I'm from that's called a-gildin' the lily.
5. As you continue to chew, you are rewarded with the salty bite of shaved parmiggiano, finished with the slightly smoky flavor of the bread that is lovingly donated by a well-seasoned wood-burning oven.

It's perfection, I tell you. Delicious, simple, Italian perfection.


Blogger Annika said...

now I'm hungry again, and I just had lunch! I trust you, that pizza looks like heaven on a plate.

5/17/2006 6:32 AM

Blogger Sicilian said...

Ok I am going to make a Sicilian Texan version. . . I have fresh basil and tomatoes. . . I can't get the fresh mozzarella you get. . . and I'm skipping the meat. . .but other than that I'm making that mouth watering version you are describing. . .

5/17/2006 6:33 AM

Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

mmm! this is just plain mean of you to tempt us with pizza, of all things! :)


5/17/2006 10:36 AM

Anonymous stacy said...

mmmmmmm prosciutto on pizza... *drooling* brings back yummy memories... nothing like Italian pizza.... I cant wait to go back!

5/17/2006 11:02 AM

Blogger melusina said...

Ok, yea, that description was very mean for those of us who have to fight to even get pizza with friggin MOZZARELLA on it. Greece is RIGHT NEXT TO ITALY and we can't get mozzarella on our pizza. Sheesh.

I really, really, really, REALLY need to take another trip to Italy so I can remember what fine, fine pizza tastes like. Mmmmm.

5/17/2006 11:13 AM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

all i can say is, a che aspetti?

5/17/2006 11:35 AM

Blogger Expat Traveler said...

yum that pizza does look fab, along with that pic of the landscape... Yeah for wonderful days and food!

5/17/2006 11:42 AM

Blogger nyasha said...

tracie, you do take pleasure in torturing us, uh? ;)

5/17/2006 1:36 PM

Anonymous TC said...

Sounds positively orgazmic, daaaahlinck!

5/17/2006 1:39 PM

Blogger Darbs said...

What could we have possibly done to you to deserve such torture???? LOL. Hmmm...is it possible to overnight us some? LOL.

5/17/2006 4:15 PM

Anonymous sweatpantsmom said...

My God, I hope the pizza makers are paying you for this. This post made me want to run to my store and buy all these ingredients to make one of these.

Your blog is not good for my diet.

5/17/2006 7:35 PM

Blogger Dustin said...


stop teasing me

5/18/2006 3:33 AM

Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Now I am drooling! Think we will have pizza tonight.

Italian style pizza is one thing I always miss when I am visiting in the States. There is NOTHING on earth like it. Lucky for you, you live in the birth place of this yummy treat!


5/18/2006 4:03 AM

Blogger Ann said...

Tracie, you're sooo evil! Now I KNOW what I'm having for lunch today! Yes, the photo of my hubby with the HUGE pizza, is for ONE person! I can only eat half, whereas he can eat his plus the half I don't eat.

5/18/2006 4:25 AM

Blogger Eduardo said...

I almost swore off pizza until I read this post. And frankly, I am also a little... nevermind.

5/18/2006 6:25 AM

Blogger Camille said...

Again with the pizza! You're killing us (and we love it)!

5/18/2006 7:47 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I think I am going to make some pizza this weekend. Who cares about the South Beach diet?

5/18/2006 9:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

whan I was 23, after my graduation I decided to move firts to london and then to paris, to experience how living on my own in a different country was. Well, of all the things I had left what I missed most was....PIZZA (I am neapolitan......so I was grown pizza and milk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

5/18/2006 11:05 AM

Anonymous J.Doe said...

Buzzurro and I almost ate a New Mexico Pizza, but after a look at it decided not to risk it. It was scary. The half green slices of pepperoni didn't help it look any more appetizing, even if it did add some color to the brown mess with black pimple form that layed in the 1 square meter box in front of us.
You are very lucky. Naple pizza is the best!

5/19/2006 3:02 PM

Anonymous Cauri said...

I normally crave pizza every day of the week...so your pictures & descriptions are driving me crazy! now i HAVE to go to italy.

5/23/2006 3:29 PM

Anonymous Sian` said...

I tried out Beer and Pizza. The combination of the two brings up images of boozy night in with friends, but Pizza e Birra takes on new meaning in Italy.

I tried Nastro Azzuro with a lovely Piazza di funghi. Beautiful.

6/29/2006 2:48 PM


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