After a short train ride from Florence to Rome, we arrived and checked into our serviced apartment in one of the quiet suburbs of Rome, just 15 minutes by taxi from the Spanish steps. We were staying out of town near some of my wifeâ€™s cousins who were born and raised in Rome. They insisted that we eat dinner with them every night of our stay so our Roman meals were, for the most part, authentic local cooking at its finestâ€¦straight out of their kitchen! However, on the first night, they had a previously scheduled dinner and they left us to fend for ourselvesâ€¦but before they left, they ordered four stunningly good pizzasâ€¦First up, the finest fresh vegetable and cheese pizza I have ever tastedâ€¦called a primavera, it was like a salad on a warm pizza crust. A thin crust was baked with the tomato sauce then after the crust emerged from the oven it was topped with bits of fine fresh buffalo mozzarella, baby arugula (which was actually almost sweet rather than bitter), sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives. Fresh, bursting with flavor, delicious.
The second pizza ordered featured again more fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with paper thin slices of fine prosciutto. This was my second favorite pizza of the evening.
A third pizza featured thinly shaved button mushrooms that were cooked under a layer of cheese that melted and provided a bit of a salty and tasty crust. Very good as well.
Finally, the fourth pizza had small slivers of salted anchovies that were tasty, flavorful and not overly salty.
Needless to say, I had far too many slices of pizzaâ€¦and washed it down with some good cold beer! For dessert we had luscious strawberries served with freshly whipped creamâ€¦Geez, even pizza takeout in Italy is amazing!