Siracusa, Sicily - La Volpe e L'Uva (The Fox and the Grape) - It was at this restaurant, on the bright, sunny Piazza del Duomo on Ortigia, that I ate my favorite pizza from the entire trip (trust me, I diligently consumed many candidates): a white pizza with bacon, rosemary, soft curls of mashed potato, mozzarella, and sweet gorgonzola. With a glass of white wine and the company of good friends, bliss.
|Favorite pizza ever - Siracusa|
|Wonderful pasta at Obika|
Bar Tre Scalini - Many hold this to be the best place for gelato in Rome. Go to this gelateria on Piazza Navona at dusk on a perfect spring evening, when the piazza glows and trembles with the joy of musicians, friends, and lovers holding off day's end just a little longer -- and they just might be right. Try the pistachio.
|Bar Tre Scalini - so many flavors!|
|Socca (chickpea flatbread) at Il Timone|
|Il Timone; you'll know it by the lit-up bicycle...|
Cortona, Tuscany - Fufluns Ristorante & Pizzeria -- Blueberry pasta with beef ragu and pine nuts was the oddest and the best pasta dish I ate on the whole trip.
|Sweet blueberry pasta balanced by savory beef ragu|
|Poliziano tasting room|