YOU'VE GOTTA TRY TRUE ITALIAN PIZZA
By: Marc Young
I am a man of many passions. Travel, fitness, gaming (yes, I play video games, deal with it), mountain biking, and skiing. Right alongside all of these hobbies is a passion for pizza. That’s right, PIZZA.
I am a huge fan of pizza. And as “little kid” as that may sound, pizza is my favorite food. I try new pizza at every opportunity, attempting to find the best pizza I can. As far as pizza in America is concerned, if you were wondering, my favorite pizza is Pizzeria Regina in the greater Boston area (so far).
Since I was a young lad, I have always wanted to go to Italy for the pizza, the origin country of my favorite food. I had talked to countless people about pizza in Italy, drooling over the stories of the lucky folks who have eaten it. “A whole different experience” they claimed, “incomparable,” they said. And ya know what, THEY WERE RIGHT.
I will say this as a disclaimer, not all pizza in Italy is equal. Just like not all hamburgers are equal in the USA, you have to make sure you are having real, genuine Italian pizza. The place I personally recommend is the pizza that blew my socks straight off, a hole in the wall spot in Florence called Centopoveri.
Our main man Cam recommended it (co-owner and founder of VRX) and it was better than I could have dreamed. My gold standard for good authentic Italian style pizza is the Margherita, as it is the most basic. This was what came out of the kitchen and placed in front of me:
This pizza was extraordinary. Italians serve their pizza whole, not sliced. Garnished with a touch of basil and olive oil (YEPP, OLIVE OIL!!) this sensational pie had light melted Margherita cheese that would turn even the most devout vegan in seconds.
Perhaps the most exquisite part of this pizza was the sauce, light as a feather, and from the first taste you could just feel how fresh it was. Squeezed from tomatoes that day, for sure. All of this delicious goop was plastered atop a dough so light and airy, it is impossible to fathom without eating it yourself. Although this pizza was about 13-14 inches in diameter, it sat so light in my stomach I had half of my wife’s pie as well.
Another incredible little fun fact to go along with this? On every single menu in every single city, a Margherita pizza was the CHEAPEST option on the menu. Anywhere from 5-9 euro for a whole pizza. UNTHINKABLE
Speaking as one pizza connoisseur to many more, if you love pizza, you MUST go to Italy. And you must to go Centopoveri in Firenze.....I was in Italy 13 days and had 11 pizzas. I say it, and I own it, and I would do it again and again because it is the best thing I have ever had.
Come to Northern Italy with us, and try it. It will change your life, and you will never see pizza the same again! Seriously, just look at my face after the first bite. Have you ever felt love like that?