|FYI this is a photo from the Food Network website---how awful is this?|
And pizza should not look like a stuffed calzone (above) it should look like the pizzas below--thin crust with a small amount of cheese, and toppings, not the monstrosity pictured above.
Italian foods are simple, but in the simplicity is the complex nature of the ingredients they are using. I have yet to see the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar mixture that is put on every (supposedly) upscale restaurant in the US here in Italy. Italians think that traditionally made balsamic vinegar from Modena is so special that it should only be used by itself in a special preparation, not drowned in olive oil and sopped with bread.
|Prosciutto, Melon, that's it, no foam, no liquid nitrogen|
|Stuffed zucchini flowers with herbed ricotta|
|Pork loin braised in Sagrantino with Sagrantino grapes|
|Pasta with truffles, and a bit of olive oil|
|Veal, artichokes, and pecorino cheese|
|Veal Meatballs with roasted potatoes|
|Seafood risotto--seafood, rice, and seafood stock|
|Ravioli with porcini|
|Ricotta and pear ravioli with pork sauce|
|At Macceleria Dario Cecchini, the beef is lightly seasoned and then allowed to speak for itself|
|Simonetta's Olive oil cake: flour, sugar, eggs, oil, and oranges|
|Tuscan beans: beans, olive oil, and sage|
|Where else could you get a beautifully prepared cappuccino and croissant for breakfast? Just FYI Starbucks would never work here there is such a coffee culture, and you can't get it to go except at McDonalds.|
Don't expect the red sauce Italian that is the typical Italian American stereotype. If you are looking for that you will be sorely disappointed. Come to Italy and eat like the Italiani.