When the moon hits your eye

Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

Okay, so that song was by Dean Martin….and about Napoli…. But is there a more Italian song to Americans? (Or one that is sure to make your smile and sing along?)

{Press play, and let Dean serenade you to get you in the right mood for this post!}

When C and I went to Italy for spring break, we obviously ate lots of pizza. and gelato. But let’s talk about that pizza for a minute. So we spent roughly two days in Venice and then headed down to Naples for a few days.

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We encountered some crazy pizza. There was one with french fries on it. And then a stuffed and fried pizza. And the tiny pizzas for breakfast.

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Let’s be real for a second. A calzone is like a pizza with less sauce and more cheese. So it has its merits.

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These oils were insane. The one on the left has roasted garlic cloves inside and the one on the right has chili peppers inside. The garlic one was amazing. The chili one was surprisingly spicy!

Not long before our trip to Italy, I had finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. There a part in the book where they go to Pizzeria Da Michele as it is one of the pizzerias that claims to be the first ever. So C and I went to check it out.

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The doorway when we arrived – we decided to have an early lunch out of fear of not being able to get seats.IMG_0329

They’ve got like two kinds of pizza for you to choose from. C and I opted for the Pizza Margherita to share. It was pretty much amazing. And fairly cheap. I think we got out of there for under €15 for the two of us.IMG_0079

Here’s the doorway when we left less than an hour later!IMG_0331 IMG_0380 IMG_0381 IMG_0383

The pizza in both cities was pretty off the hook, as Guy Fieri would say. I liked the simplicity of the traditional Neapolitan pizza. They really let the fine ingredients shine through, like the amazing mozzarella at Da Michele. Even the pizzas that had several ingredients were still light and balanced. The french fry pizza in Venice was pretty crazy. And defo carb-overload. But it was too interesting to say no!

The pizza in Naples was wayyy cheaper than the pizza in Venice, so in the budget battle, Naples wins. In one day in Naples, we spent the same amount of money that we spent on one meal in Venice.

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