Food, Glorious Food (and Drink)!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in General Travel, Italy | 3 Comments

Anyone who knows us knows that we love eating. Really, really, really love eating. That’s why, needless to say, our ten days in Italy were paradise. Sure, we probably gained several pounds each from the nonstop carbo-loading and gelato sampling we did while we were there, but it was worth every calorie. In a complete reversal from Argentina, where the pizza and pasta dishes that we tried were all total failures, in Italy we could not find bad food. Even the decrepit corner stores served fantastic Dopo-esque brick oven pizzas and creamy gelato goodness.

And the drinks! My new favorite cocktail, the bicicletta (basically just Campari and white wine, but so perfect). Limoncello after lunch on a hot afternoon. Coffee to die for. Amari. Grappa. And, of course, vino.

So without further ado, here is a little photo journal of some of the deliciousness we experienced in Italy. Sure, we have other things to share about what we did there (like, say, drive a Ferrari), but first things first!

Shellfish pasta in Cinque Terre.

Shellfish pasta in Cinque Terre.

A focaccia case in Cinque Terre.

A focaccia display in Cinque Terre.

Gelato in Portofino. For the record, the best gelato we found was Venchi (Bologna), followed closely by Grom (Genova).

Gelato in Portofino. For the record, the best gelato we found was Venchi (Bologna), followed closely by Grom (Genova).

Nice cold beer on a hiking break somewhere between Camogli and Portofino.

Nice cold beer on a hiking break somewhere between Camogli and Portofino.

Bicicletta. This was taken at an aperitivo spot in Florence, where for the price of a drink, you can eat as much as you want from their enormous buffet. We went to town.

Bicicletta. This was taken at an aperitivo spot in Florence, where for the price of a drink, you can eat as much as you want from their enormous buffet. We went to town.

Okay, I think this is gross, but Pierre swears it was excellent. This plate was an appetizer at Osteria 15 in Bologna, where we had one of our favorite meals. Thanks to our friend Owen for the recommendation!

Okay, I think this is gross, but Pierre swears it was excellent. This plate was an appetizer at Osteria 15 in Bologna, where we had one of our favorite meals. Thanks to our friend Owen for the recommendation!

While Pierre was eating his platter-o'-meat, I was devouring this plate of ricotta cheese drenched in gooey balsamic vinegar. Yep, I ate pretty much all of it, and then had two more courses after that.

While Pierre was eating his platter-o'-meat, I was devouring this plate of ricotta cheese drenched in gooey balsamic vinegar. Yep, I ate pretty much all of it, and then had two more courses after that.

Nutella focaccia (Genova). I can't believe we didn't actually end up trying this.

Nutella focaccia (Genova). I can't believe we didn't actually end up trying this.

Pierre and the world's biggest bottle of grappa.

Pierre and the world's biggest bottle of grappa.

Cheese plate, with some sort of tasty fig jam thing.

Cheese plate, with some sort of tasty fig jam thing.

One of my favorite things about Italy was the variety of post-meal drinks the waiters would bring us. I think this was a special Cinque Terre brand of amari, but I can't remember.

One of my favorite things about Italy was the variety of post-meal drinks the waiters would bring us. I think this was a special Cinque Terre brand of amari, but I can't remember.

Terzi in Bologna. Total coffee heaven. The owner had diplomas on the wall stating that he was a master of lattes and cappuccinos. No joke!

Terzi in Bologna. Total coffee heaven. The owner had diplomas on the wall stating that he was a master of lattes and cappuccinos. No joke!

Bliss

Bliss

3 Comments

  1. Ed
    June 27, 2011

    All I can say is that as I scrolled down through the images one by one, it just made me weep–I had given up on the question of “heaven” a long time ago, but this made me think that you stumbled across it somewhere in northern Italy…

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  2. Cindy G
    July 8, 2011

    Robin, I really want to try the campari and white wine. Do you know the ratio of each? Also, was the white wine more dry or sweet? I can’t wait to try it.

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    • Robin
      July 8, 2011

      I think the ratio is about 2 or 3 parts wine to 1 part Campari. The white wine is dry, though I was told there is a version of the cocktail made with Prosecco, which sounds great too. You also add a splash of club soda and a twist of lemon or orange. So yummy on a hot summer day — enjoy!

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