Searching for a place with Italian style pizza that tastes good is quite difficult, especially in a city like Daejeon in South Korea. However. Nuovo Napoli was a pleasant surprise. I ordered the Rucola Prosciutto pizza (right) and a Caesar salad (pictured below is just 1/2 of the salad). To the left, a friend ordered the Diavola. Both were very tastey. Enough for me to want to order another pizza! They also serve other items like pasta but I’m always craving pizza more than pasta. I like the fact that the pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven. If you’re looking for Italian style pizza, this is the closest thing to it that I’ve found in Daejeon. 🙂
I wanted to find a place in München that serves cafe ginseng/ginseng macchiato. Believe it or not, these are really hard to find outside of Italy and parts of Asia. It hasn’t become popular yet to be sold in stores like Lavazza or Illy has. Although, Lavazza does sell its own version of cafe ginseng online. Anyway, I’m traveling and can’t afford shipping. So, I did a Google search and found Dinatale Cafe.
While in München, I kept coming back to order the cafe ginseng (€2.40) and the lemon torta della nonna (€3.20). The staff are very welcoming and speak Italian, English and German (Deutsch).
The cafe is rather small and is very busy during brunch and lunch hours. They do provide take-away as well if you’re on the go. This is my favorite place in München for Italian espresso.
I definitely recommend you to give them a visit if you love Italian espresso. I really felt like I was back in Italy. 😉
I am always looking for good local food that reminds me of Italian food in Italy. Pomo Pizzeria located in downtown Phoenix, AZ gave me that vibe. Italian chef, Italian food and Vespa’s sitting right outside of the restaurant. 🙂
Their pizzas are their main staple at both Scottsdale and Phoenix locations. I ordered the Pizze Bianche Carbonara. I never had carbonara on a pizza and I think they did a great job! I also tried one of their desserts called Semifreddo. It was very good!
What I found most amusing about the location in Phoenix is, it’s right across the street from a Pizza Hut. I couldn’t help but laugh a little. Here we have authentic Italian pizza and across the street you have a Franchise that makes me think I’ll die of high cholesterol or something. Pizza Hut has it’s place though, I can’t deny that. I’m guilty of my share of Pizza Hut; sometimes I’m craving it!
But I did enjoy eating at Pomo and I would definitely go again and probably bring some friends with me. 😀
One of my favorite vending machines has to be the ones you find in Italy that dispense espresso! My favorite is number 32, Ginseng Macchiato. If I could find a way to make this at home I would! In Italy, they only sell regular espresso in the stores. This ginseng macchiato seems to be a special flavor. You can find these vending machines at train stations and other areas. The cost is about €.60. I overdose a little and get 2 at once. It tastes that good to me! If you ever see these machines on your Italian trip, try a flavor! 🙂
What better way to learn how to cook in Italy than in Florence, Tuscany!
This was one of the best parts of my trip back to Italy. I went to the Food & Wine Academy Florence. Once the classes are completed, they give you a recipe book of what you made and a certificate of completion that shows you took the class and learned how to cook! Awesome!
I registered for both cooking classes that were offered. I signed up for the Pizza and Gelato class through Expedia.com. I signed up for the VIP COOKING CLASS in a NOBLE VILLA & FARMERS MARKET TOUR through viator.com. It was more affordable for me this way. My total for both came to about $166. WELL WORTH IT!!!
Keep in mind that both classes are group related but still offer you the opportunity to create your own food and eat bruschetta and wine while it’s cooking.
Pizza and Gelato Class
My chef for this class was Alessio. He’s a young gentleman and pretty cool! He’s travelled around the world and has full knowledge of his craft. He taught us how to make proper dough for our pizzas. He also showed us how to make chocolate gelato. We all couldn’t make our own gelato due to time constraints but it was nice being in a group watching him make it and asking him our questions. He advised that gelato stacked like a mountain on display at a gelateria is probably not good gelato because real gelato doesn’t stack like a mountain. Real gelato is smooth like a sand dune and melts quickly.
The pizza was pretty simple after the dough rises. We had a choice of about 6 toppings. I chose oregano, basil leaves, onions and salami (pepperoni doesn’t exist in Italy.) I loved my combinations. Delish! 🙂
VIP Cooking Class
For this class, our chef Davide took us to the San Lorenzo Market to buy our ingredients. Davide is an older gentleman also knowledgable in his craft. It was nice speaking to him in Italian. Both Alessio and Davide had a sense of humor which was great for classes full of people from all over the world. I wish I had time to go back to the market because this market has fresh food everyday and Davide recommended we try a sandwich there called Lampredotto. It sounded delicious.
Anyway, we get to class and start making Tiramisu because it takes the longest to be completed. I loved those biscuits we used (a.k.a. Lady fingers).
Then we made homemade pasta and ravioli. He showed us how to make the beef mixture. He gave us knowledge on cooking wines. Basically, don’t cook with wine you can’t drink. Cooking wine is the leftover stuff from real wine. I.E. Not good. A great experience I would recommend to anyone. Plus, the food you make is delicious. 😉
Some of you may have seen my last post about Eggplant parmigiana when I told you someone special made this for me. You can read it HERE!
It has been a year and I decided to make this meal for my family. Simple meal.
2 16oz cans of tomato sauce
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
*Mario Batali also has a nice recipe for this in his Molto Italiano cookbook.*
This time I decided to make Basil Pesto Bruschetta. I bought the Basil Pesto sauce from the grocery store, Classico is the brand name. I spread sauce on the baguette that I bought from the store and broiled it on high in the oven for 5 minutes. I absolutely love everything about this dinner I prepared for my family. A must eat! 😀
I gained a love for these cookies a few years ago when a coworker brought some to work. They are simple butter cookies with a different name depending on who you talk to (I.e. Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, Italian wedding cookies). I love these! This was my first time making them. Pretty damn good for a first try!
I followed a recipe I found on this site HERE! I made sure the almonds were finely ground. They don’t sell finely ground almonds in the store.
So, my area of expertise comes into action: Improvising! I had a mallet, a towel and a ziplock bag. I put the almonds in the ziplock bag, the towel under the ziplock bag and started hammering. Took me about 30 minutes to get these almonds to a fine dust. I used a sifter to separate the bigger chunks.
I was tired of doing this, no joke! I felt my wrist muscles enlarge. I kept wishing I had a food processor because this would have been done in 5 minutes. Oh well. At least it was worth it in the end!
I made about 3-4 dozen cookies. You’re supposed to dust the cookies in powdered sugar when warm and again when completely cooled. I used a spoon to coat the cookies to prevent the warmth from my hands from melting the sugar. Once the cookies were cooled, I added the second coat then I put them in the refrigerator to prevent the second coat of powdered sugar from melting, just in case. They’re perfect! I decided to wrap them up in small gift bags and give them as gifts to friends. Tis the season! 😀
With this post, I just decided to add the remaining pictures of foods I ate on my Italian foodie adventure. When the food is good everywhere you go in Italy, it gets hard to remember the names of the places, and the names of the meals. If you are ever given the chance to go to Italy, you’ll know exactly what I mean. You’ll forget to take pictures like I did. And before you know it, you’re not doing the “touristy” thing. You’re enjoying your meals as if you’re enjoying a great meal at home. 🙂
Enjoy Foodies! 😀
Some friends and I went out for an aperitivo. For those of you that don’t know, an aperitivo is usually small bites of food and a few drinks before you eat dinner. Most times this happens between 4-8pm. The idea is to make your stomach ready to eat a bigger meal. You buy one drink and get a plate of small bites of food. We all went to Cortona, in Tuscany and sat down for an aperitivo next to the main square (piazza). Small bites of pizza, tuna, small sandwich bites, peanuts, and chips. I got myself a daiquiri and it was the strongest daiquiri I’ve ever had! I couldn’t believe how tipsy I was with one drink! Cortona is a city that is most famous for the movie, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun.’ I was happy to be in this city because it is as beautiful as it was in the movie!
Being a person who loves sweets, I walked into Sandri Pasticceria. I wish I would have had more time (and money) to try out more sweets (I didn’t want to spend all my foodie money in one place, hehe). I bought a small case of mini Macarons and a small cream filled pastry. I had never tried macarons before so I tried these out. I don’t know what to say about macarons. I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like or what they’re made out of. I need to do some exploring on this popular sweet. The small cream pastry I got was from the display case and it was pretty good. They wrapped it nice and pretty. 🙂