I'm off on vacation for a couple of weeks. Going to hit London for a few days of visiting with my beloved God daughter and then do a bit of traveling around my favourite country in the world besides Canada...Italy. I might also hit the south of France for a few days as I have some friends who will be there at the same time.
As always, I plan to indulge while I’m away. Italian food not only agrees with me, it actually, truly makes me happy. For some reason when in Italy, I can eat and drink my way from one region to the next and never seem to get a hangover, or gain weight! Good thing I never stay for more than a couple of weeks or I suppose that might change.
One thing I will be eating a lot of is pizza. If I had to choose one dish to eat for the rest of my life, that would be it. From the yummy simplicity of a pizza with fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato to the deep richness of a pepperoni-mushroom pie, I love almost all combinations of cheese, vegetable and meats. And I’m a thin-crust devotee, but only because the thick crust fills me up too fast. I love all pizza…even the bad greasy ones from take-out at 2am. Actually, sometimes especially those ones.
Also, I’ll be taking lots of notes on the slight nuances of different crusts, tomato sauces and toppings because I am on a quest to learn to cook the perfect pizza at home. I’ve been doing it on my gas bbq since I don’t happen to have a pizza oven, but I’m considering in investing in a charcoal barbeque to get a similar result. I even started growing my own basil.
So, if anyone out there has any tips on perfecting the pizza pie from home, please share! I want to know everyone’s opinion on the best type of flour, the best mozzarella and the topping that continues to stump me –- the perfect pepperoni or sausage. Does it exist outside of Italy?
Thanks in advance for your tips, and now I must devote myself to pizza research. Wish me luck. Oh, and of course, I’ll also be stopping at the Prada outlet outside of Florence!