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Pizza with Figs

Southern Italy via Seattle

In Travel 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 the best Italy food favorites including pasta, salumi and cheese along the way. And olives, lots of olives.

But first we’re going to eat pizza.

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

  2. This makes perfect sense to me too πŸ™‚ Been to Italy a few times but never the south, would love to go to Naples though! Enjoy your trip… and the food!!!

  3. 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.

  4. Looking forward to seeing the photos of all your pizza devouring and olive picking! Oh, and maybe a few of southern Italy, too πŸ™‚ Have a great time!

  5. 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!

  6. Hummmmmm, that pizza makes me dream!
    I’ve met an Italian in Dublin who told me that Naples is the best and only place to try real pizza.
    A bit extremist I know, but I would love to get there and see if it’s really that good πŸ˜€

    Good trip to you guys, hope you enjoy it πŸ˜€

  7. Yum! I definitely cannot wait to read that post πŸ˜€ I love all things pizza!

  8. Any route to southern Italy is probably worth it, irrespective of the number of planes. I have yet to make it further south than Sorrento and am dying for a road trip to get off the beaten path. Looking forward to your upcoming Italy posts, despite the pizza envy ahead.

  9. 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…

  10. Pizza, nam nam… Italian food is among my favourite food. Wish you a great stay in southern Italy.

  11. Ouhhhh pizza!
    I’m sure you guys will have an amazing time! Enjoy all that great food!

  12. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love pizza crawling in Napoli! I recommend Da Michele (from Eat Pray Love, but amazing!) for pizza Margherita and Ciro al Trianon for calzone! Trust me, I’m Italian!

  13. You are going to love every step of that trip! Seattle (my hometown) has some really epic food. I know you’ll be in a conference, but if you can stop by The Stumbling Goat Bistro.. I TRULY suggest it! I’m currently in Italy and the food is seriously to DIE FOR. Have so much fun πŸ™‚

    1. Author

      Thanks for the recommendation! Hopefully we’ll have time to check it out.

  14. That pizza has me salivating and making me want to head to Italy for an authentic Italian pizza.

  15. I am working on an Italian travel guide at the moment so I can send you the chapter on Puglia if you like πŸ™‚

    Its a beautiful place πŸ™‚

  16. 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 πŸ˜‰

  17. Yum! There’s no better pizza in the world than in Italy (at least in my experience)! That photo is making me drool! That’s awesome you made it to a food writing conference, can’t wait to hear about it!

  18. The food in Italy is amazing! You will love it! πŸ™‚ Every time I am there all I eat is pizza, pasta, and gelato and simply cannot get enough! Make sure you sample all three. πŸ˜‰

  19. 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! πŸ™‚

  20. Ahhhh, Napoli! Now, explain to me how I could love it there but hate Florence… Maybe you’ll be able to do so after your visit. Enjoy Napoli; it is an amazing experience!

  21. Ohh very exciting! I’ve never been to Naples but is definitely on my list of places to go! Itinerary all planned out?

    1. Author

      We have a basic itinerary planned with flexibility. In a nutshell, we plan to eat lots of pizza.

  22. 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.

  23. Nice article. Visiting Italy is on my list, especially Naples! Looking forward to reading what follows πŸ™‚

  24. Enjoy! I love the pizza in Italy but haven’t been to that area before. Looking forward to reading your post on the area.

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