Last night we went to one of our favorite places – the lovely Tuscany country inn – “Il Pozzo” for a pizza-making party – hosted by our awesome friend and the coolest inn-keeper in all of Italy – probably the world – Carla Veneri!
Of course, Italy is synonymous with pizza, but with Carla, you get more; it’s a real hands-on experience!
Olivia, Mateo, Matilde, Eduardo, Ludovica and of course, Lulu were all provided wooden boards, flour, yeast, water and salt. They dug in, pouring, stirring and rolling – as I marveled how those few simple ingredients combine to make such a tasty crust.
As the children marched outside – carrying their rolled-out crusts over to Il Pozzo’s stone oven, (manned by their indomitable chief handy-man and chef, Carlo) I realized that maybe it’s more than the ingredients; it is also the smoky flavor and crisp texture the oven’s wood-sparked flames provide that make the “That’s Italian” difference.
The final result, as you can see but unfortunately cannot taste, was perfect. Topped with tangy tomato sauce, cheese and whatever-other-delectables-you-can-imagine, we happily munched away!
And, as with every gathering over which Carla presides, laughter and fun are always served up alongside.
This was our last visit to this glorious, breath-taking 500-year-old farmhouse set among Tuscany’s rollling hills. For this time around. I know it won’t be our last.
We love Il Pozzo. We love you Carla.
And we love Pizza!
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