David's Download - My Favorite Things in Italy
Italy has been the highlight of my trip so far. I love Italy for its unbelievable
food, countryside, ancient Roman ruins, and passion for football (soccer).
The combination of Roman pizza, rolling Tuscan hills, European football, and
ancient ruins makes Italy one of the most amazing countries we have visited.
Let me start by discussing Italy's food
The food here in Italy is very difficult to describe, but I'll try to describe
it as best I can without writing ten pages worth. IT'S WICKED GOOD!! IT'S
WORTH CROSSING RIVERS FOR! IT'S TO DIE FOR!!! The thin Roman pizza smothered
with thick buffalo mozzarella and light mouth-watering tomato sauce is so
delicious, that it's literally gone in a heart beat. I've never eaten anything
so fast in my life! The pasta is another story. Here's a tip if you go to
Italy - the simple stuff is the best stuff! I ordered spaghetti with tomato
sauce every night, and must have gained five pounds. It's so good, it's inexplicable.
Another favorite of mine is bruschetta al pomodoro (appetizer). Bruschetta
is basically toast with fresh tomatoes and olive oil on top, which gets your
taste buds ready for the pizza and pasta to come. Another tomato dish is caprese
salad, which is just thin slices of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella on a platter.
normal Italian meal usually consists of four of five courses; antipasto (our
appetizer), first course (pasta), second course (meat), salad, and finally
dessert. The waiters at restaurants always look at us funny when we ask for
the salads to come before our pasta and meat. I always try to keep up with
my dad, and order as many courses as him and finish them all. If I succeed,
I usually don't have any room for gelati (Italian ice cream). Gelati is twice
as good as American ice cream since it has twice as much sugar!!!! We have
been to gelaterias with over 100 flavors ranging from mango to marshmallow!
eat things that are usually not eaten by Americans. One night we decided to
take a chance and order octopus salads and pigeon soup! I didn't want to partake,
and decided to get a salad with celery, carrots, and tripe. At first I thought
tripe was a type of mushroom, but soon discovered it was nothing of the sort.
Since I liked carrots and celery and there was nothing else that I liked in
the antipasto section, I decided to try it. When I told the waiter that's
what I wanted, he winced at me and said, "are you sure, it has beef intestine
(tripe)?" I never dreamed of eating intestine, but my family convinced
me. I pictured just a little piece of intestine surrounded by carrots and
celery, and told myself it wouldn't be so bad. To my disbelief, I received
a huge mound of shredded intestine with unnoticeable celery and carrot pieces
mixed in. I forced myself to try it, and it actually pretty good. The texture
was squishy and rubbery, which is exactly how I expected intestine to feel
like. I also tried some pigeon soup and pasta with octopus tentacles-it was
quite an adventurous meal!
If you haven't been to Italy and think you've tried REAL Italian food, you're
wrong. To try true Italian food you just have to come to Italy yourself! Since
this "download" is getting long, I want you to stay tuned for more
about why I love Italy in my next update.