Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Steve's Exciting Italian Vacation -- Back Home Again

I am back home from Italy. More tales to come. Or, as Nutsy says, more tails to come. We are jet-lagged.

On these trips, my wife criticizes me for it but whenever we go to Italy I have a fair bit of pizza. I gained weight!  Yep I did. I mean, if you go to Italy, you have to have some pizza. The pizza in Italy is different than pizza here. In most cases they do not put on every topping but the kitchen sink. They tend to select only a few. I have, many times, seen the natives eating pizza that is nothing more than a crust with tomato sauce and maybe a little bit of sprinkled on cheese. Below is a pizza that I shot a close-up photo of three years back. This is meat and cheese. The crust is thin and different too.

I think the wait staff thought I was a freak when I whipped out my camera to take a shot of a simple, but real, Italian pizza.

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith



Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 11 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 25 2010 09:32AM


I like thin and different crust as well. Never had a pizza in Italy, but often less (on top) is better.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 9 years ago

Steve, welcome home! Wow, thanks for making my stomach juices flow this morning. All I have here in the office with me is a cup of coffee and vanilla yogurt. Hope I make it till lunch!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

Oh my gosh! I am so hungry this morning and that pizza looks so good! Thin crust is my favorite. I had a friend when I was about 15 years old...her family was from Italy and her mom would fixed us pizza at one of her birthday parties.... it was a thick crust pizza but it was really good and I really liked it.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks Steven, I'm on another diet and I think I gained 5 pounds from the picture.........Yummy

Posted by 'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest', Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

I love pizza too! Nothing like a trip that leaves you worn out and needing another vacation.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Howdt and evening to you Steven

Steven, a big Welcome back home to ya!!! Sure bet that Nutsy and the Boys were mighty glad to see you!

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 9 years ago

Love thin crust pizza. That pizza looks great, but having grown up Italian, I would have been more interested in finding dishes like my grandmother used to make. She was a fantastic cook.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago


How could you let Italian pizza like that go to waste?


Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 9 years ago

They were all probably saying, "American tourist," under their breath!  And loved it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Welcome home Steven, It looks like you had a great trip and the food looks like you had to buy an extra seat on the way home...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 9 years ago

Steve, while there are places where you can get "real" pizza in the States, most people have no clue what it should really look like----Domino's and Pizza Hut ain't it :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago