Pizza with Figs

Southern Italy via Seattle

In Food Tripping, Italy, Northwest by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch38 Comments

Next month, we are traveling to Southern Italy from Philadelphia by way of the Pacific Northwest. Does this make sense? Not really. Are we excited? Hell yeah!

As adventurous travelers, we sometimes have to suspend all common sense and submit to the quest. Flying across the United States to attend a food writing conference and then taking three planes to enjoy the best that Southern Italy has to offer – this makes perfect sense to us.

Why Southern Italy?

We first became curious about Southern Italy a few years ago while enjoying Southern Italian wines at a quaint enoteca in Florence – Aglianico del Vulture in particular.

Also, our love for all things pizza demands a Napoli pizza crawl.

Pizza Margherita (Crafted by Steve Yutzy-Burkey in Philadelphia)

Pizza Margherita (Crafted by Steve Yutzy-Burkey in Philadelphia)

After a few days of exploring Naples and its frenetic streetscape, we’re hopping into a car to discover some less traveled areas of the South including the ancient city of Matera and the trulli houses in Puglia.

We will surely eat some pasta, salumi and cheese along the way. And olives, lots of olives.

But first we’re going to eat pizza.

Have you been to Naples, Basilicata and/or Puglia? If so, we’d love your recommendations! 


  1. Hmmmm that pizza picture. And yes seems like perfectly normal going through all that “trouble” just to get to Naples 🙂

  2. Southern Italy is beautiful, my family are from that region! When in Naples make sure to spend a day exploring Pompeii, and definitely make time to visit the stunning Amalfi Coast.

  3. What a perfect destination for foodies! Truth be told, I would have never shared your love of olives until visiting Italy. But every time we had a meal, black olives would plop down on the tables. Soon I found myself devouring them endlessly. As they say: when in Rome. Hope you enjoy your trip!
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  4. I love southern Italy. I’ve been to Naples, Puglia and Sicily – they’re all different from one another and different again from the tourist cities of the north. And of course Naples is the home of the pizza…
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      Thanks for the recommendation! Hopefully we’ll have time to check it out.

  5. There is so much more than pizza and pasta in Italy… go for the lovely meat dishes, the seafood, and what not. I am not from Naples so can’t give you much of a recommendation, but I am Italian and can promise you we are not all about pizza and pasta 😉

  6. Having just returned from our Italian trip it is fair to say that i am envious of anyone else about to experience the delights of this country. All I would say is don’t for the Aperol Spritz and a nice big helping of Gelato! 🙂
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      We have a basic itinerary planned with flexibility. In a nutshell, we plan to eat lots of pizza.

  7. Looks and sounds delicious! I hope to make it to Italy next year; haven’t done any planning, but I’m not sure how necessary that is when I just plan to eat my way from city to city, village to village! Have an amazing trip, looking forward to all the details.
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  8. Nice article. Visiting Italy is on my list, especially Naples! Looking forward to reading what follows 🙂

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