You know what I love the most about eating food in another country? It’s not that you get to taste the most authentic and delicious of food, you certainly do, but it’s the fact that you don’t have anything specific to do afterwards. There’s no rush to get the bill after you’ve eaten, there’s no rush to get your food quickly (unless you’re really hungry), it’s just a very leisurely and relaxing process. You enjoy a bite of food, enjoy some wine, and then you repeat. No schedules, no pressures… just relaxation.
Our first slice of pizza in Italy was from a little pizza joint named Pizza da Ercole, or pizza from Ercole. It was located in Vernazza, where we stayed at the Albergo Barbara. Not being a student of Italian geography, I can only guess that Ercole refers to Port Ercole in Monte Argentario. Monte Argentario isn’t too far away from Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is in the Italian Riviera, which neighbors the Tuscany region, where Monte Argentario is located.
And the pizza was delicious… there’s something about the freshness of ingredients that really makes food sing in Italy.
Don’t I look so relaxed? 🙂