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  •  I was in Greece last year. (5+ / 0-)

    I wanted to experience the cuisine so I ate everything Greek that I ever heard of.  I didn't gain one pound when I returned back to Chicago.  Oh, I could see the Acropolis from my hotel window.  What a fabulous trip.

    I'm not associated with all that; I'm just a Democrat. And no Democrat should want to hear these words: "Speaker John Boehner".

    by ChiTownDenny on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 01:01:17 PM PDT

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    •  We were there 5 years ago. (5+ / 0-)

      One week in Greece and 10 days in Italy. Likewise, even with all the wonderful Greek pastries we consumed, I didn't gain a pound. Also stayed in a hotel at the foot of the Acropolis. And the food in Florence, Venice, and Rome was pretty darn good too. That was a trip we remember as much for the meals and wine as well as the sights. We still say "Remember that place we had that unbelievable fried herring" (it was on the island of Elba by the way). Great trip and good times.

      "Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice,
      And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself
      Buys out the law"
      Hamlet, Act III (Claudius)

      by dewtx on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 01:17:51 PM PDT

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      •  Elba? The Napoleon island? (3+ / 0-)
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      •  I vacationed in Rome a few years ago. (3+ / 0-)
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        Another fabulous trip, but with only one regret.  As I'm a Chicagoan, I believe we have the best pizza in the WORLD.  So, I didn't try the pizza in Rome.  One day, I'll be back in Rome and try the pizza.

        I'm not associated with all that; I'm just a Democrat. And no Democrat should want to hear these words: "Speaker John Boehner".

        by ChiTownDenny on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 01:41:14 PM PDT

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        •  Da Baffetto near Piazza Navonna in Rome (1+ / 0-)
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          Incredible pizza! When you get back to Rome someday, definitely check it out. It's a little restaurant only open for dinner, but mamma mia, what pizza. Ask for directions at the Piazza--also note that the lines get long there fast.

          By the way, I lived in Chicago for 13 years before I moved here to Houston many years ago. So I'm a fan of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza too. But then I like any pizza as long as it's authentic and well prepared.

          Actually the best pizza we had in Italy was at a place called Don Franchino near L'Aquila in the Abruzzo Mountains over an hour's train ride from Rome. It's really out of the way, but if you're ever in the Abruzzo region definitely worth looking up. His Fossa pizza with soft fontina cheese, sliced pears, and honey bordered on a religious experience. All the more so because Don Franchino also served pizza to Pope John Paul II himself. We also had a chocolate and ricotta pizza there that took the place of a birthday cake for my wife's cousin from L'Aquila. Don Franchino seems to have survived the big earthquake that hit L'Aquila last year because if you Google it you can find current web info on the restaurant. There are also actually a few places in Houston now that have the traditional coal-fired brick ovens that do a pretty good job of recreating that style of Italian pizza--but of course not with the inventiveness we found at Don Franchino's.

          Darn it. I've now made myself hungry for some good pizza.

          "Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice,
          And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself
          Buys out the law"
          Hamlet, Act III (Claudius)

          by dewtx on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 04:03:19 PM PDT

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