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Southern Italy via Seattle

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? Heck yeah!

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

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 in Seattle and then taking three planes to enjoy the best that Southern Italy has to offer – this itinerary 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.

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 drink cappuccinos and eat the best Italian food favorites including pasta, salumi and cheese along the way. And olives, lots of olives.

But first we’re going to eat pizza.

About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Thursday 23rd of October 2014

This sounds like the best trip ever. Take us with you? :)))


Monday 29th of September 2014

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


Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Nice article. Visiting Italy is on my list, especially Naples! Looking forward to reading what follows :)

Cory Lee

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

Yummmm! Pizza is my favorite!


Saturday 13th of September 2014

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.