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Pizza Tour of Italy

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Now that we are living in Geneva, Switzerland, Northern Italy is at our doorstep. Turin and Milan are a half days travel by train.

 

I am starting to put together some ideas for a week to 10 day trip though Italy. We have 6 and 8 year old girls, so  I think a little light hearted fun should be part of the plan. When I'm not immersing ourselves in the local culture, I think I will be introducing the children to local styles of pizza (although, pizza is culture!!). I will make those ungrateful twits  my lovely children sit there and explain to me how this pizza is different than the last. If you were to plan a pizza tour of Italy where we would explore the local style, what cities would you visit and what style to they serve there?

 

Thanks!

 

Dan

 

 

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I'd like to visit Pepe in Grani, Caiazzo.

On a much more pedestrian note, I am fascinated by variations on pizza fritta which is apparently common street food in several places. If I had funding, I'd open a friggitoria and serve pizza fritta, salads and fried sides.

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Naples and Rome would be at the top of my list for pizza.

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The worst* pizza I ever had was in Genoa.

 

Then again I got violently ill in Naples...

 

 

*OK second worst...I forgot about Texas.

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6 hours ago, weinoo said:

Naples and Rome would be at the top of my list for pizza.

 

Ask first if they wash the dishes and glassware.  My experience may be four or five decades out of date.

 

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Caveat emptor.

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On 4/22/2018 at 1:26 AM, Okanagancook said:

Do you have American Pie by Peter Reinhart?  There are 75+ pages about his Hunt for pizza greatness and a lot of it is in Italy.  https://www.fornobravo.com/pizzaquest/

 

Oh yes. It is a favorite around here. There is a wealth of information in the book that will be useful. Sadly, the binding is starting to fail on my copy.

 

This will be fun. We were at the Divonne les Baines market this past sunday and had a picnic lunch which inlcuded a tasting of fresh that morning, one day old, one week old, and one month old goat cheese. The girls had a blast with it.

On 4/23/2018 at 7:09 AM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Ask first if they wash the dishes and glassware.  My experience may be four or five decades out of date.

 

Thanks for the warning. Sometimes the places that make you offer a prayer to the dysentery gods are the best places to eat. It is just a game of Russian roulette. 

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Northern Italy is not the best place for Pizza, but as you will be passing through Piedmont, you might try Pizza al padellino: http://www.repubblica.it/sapori/2017/03/24/news/pizza_padellino_torino_ristoranti_storici-160041215/

 

Or pizza with Bagna Cauda ( not a light option ) 

 

In Liguria you will find local pizza-like focaccia:

https://www.facarospauls.com/apps/italian-food-decoder/10799/pizzaladiera

http://www.genovatoday.it/cucina/ricetta-pizza-andrea.html

https://blog.giallozafferano.it/giustopergusto/pizzata-ligure-focaccia-di-recco/

" Pizzata " is a cheese stuffed focaccia di Recco, topped like a pizza

 

 

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