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How to Discover Authentic Pizza the Italian Way

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The perfect pizza is happily something we know a bit about. How something so simple can be so delicious is a discovery worth making and where better to do it than in Italy or along the Italian-influenced French Riviera. We want to share our experience with you as well as a great article about where to learn authentic Italian pizza making right in Italy, a real cultural experience.

Little known fact about Digital Nomad Editor, Raki Bench, he once had a hand at running his own pizzeria in the south of France. Along with his cousin who trained at a local pizzaiolo school (yes pizza makers have their own special titles and training schools!) they realized a start-up business suited to local food traditions. It was adorably named “Donky Food”, which they thought, as French-speakers, would be a “funky” name, though in English it probably doesn’t have the best ring to it. They did make, however, delicious Italian-style pizzas for their neighborhood in Nice, France and for us to eat ourselves of course!

Since food is culture, eating and learning to make pizza is part of understanding Italian food and tradition. The American and UK markets have adopted “thin crust” options into pizza restaurant and delivery menus, however there’s more to these tasty pies than just thin crust. Fresh ingredients, special flour and cheese and locally made olive oil and tomato sauce are some of the basics. All the Mediterranean freshness you’d expect goes into the classic pizza.

Italians are very particular about their food (and their coffee, but that’s another story). With minimal ingredients they seem to be able to create great flavor. This article about pizza making in Italy is a great place to start on the journey to discovering authentic pizza and Italian cooking. If Italian food inspires you to take whole vacation revolving around the culinary experience, this article suggests some upscale culinary tours in Italy.

You may think that you make a pretty mean pizza, or that your local takeaway pizza store delivers the very best in authentic Italian pizza, but you may change your mind when you travel to Italy! -Victoria Cawthorne

As we discovered, there are also some delicious Nicoise twists to pizza toppings (Nicoise = from Nice, France). Have you ever tried pizza with ground beef and a raw egg cracked in the middle? They call it “cannibal”. Or Nutella and Smarties dessert pizza? Actually, I think that was just a house specialty at Donky Food pizzeria.

france pizza Another Nicoise specialty – this was one of the pizza boxes from our local pizzeria! Not only the film you rented for your night in but also the pizza boxes can now be PG rated.france pizzaRaki delivered us pizza from their pizzeria to the Nice Port. After we ate the pizza, the pizza ate us – we must have had those “cannibal” pizzas!

Pizza photo on thumbnail by rootskontrolla, Flikr

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  1. Chris

    March 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Great! I’m off to Italy next month and can’t wait to check out the food, especially the pizza!

    • DNTM Editor

      March 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Awesome! Enjoy it – there’s so much to see in Italy.

  2. Jen

    March 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This brings back a lot of memories! Great article Jenne and Raki. Makes me look back at our time in France and smile.

    • DNTM Editor

      March 28, 2013 at 4:34 am

      Yes we ate many a margherita pizza together and more than a few fresh baguettes with cheese… ah la France!

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