PIZZA! (the perfect final Italian post)

I can’t believe how fast this semester just came and went. I leave on Saturday (I have 2 full days left in this amazing city) to return the United States. This has been a semester unlike even my wildest dreams. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it was. I met some of the most amazing, memorable people, ate some of the most delicious meals, visited 5 amazingly different countries and went to even more cities. I experienced culture and immersed myself in it and definitely grew as a person. I can’t wait to come back to Florence and to Europe in general. It’s really sad, though, to think that I really have no idea when the next time I’ll be anywhere near Florence will be. This has been my home for the past four months, and the most beautiful, perfect home I could have ever asked for.

Well, enough of that…on to the good stuff, PIZZA! We made it in my last class of my favorite class here, Italian Vegetarian Cooking. (yes, that’s a real life is awesome) I love the group of girls in it and our teacher is hysterical and so cute. This recipe serves about 4 people.


  • 500g hard flour
  • 20g extra virgin olive oil
  • 10g salt
  • 10g brewer’s yeast (fresh yeast)
  • 250g water
  • toppings as needed


  • melt yeast in water that is lukewarm from the stovetop, let it sit until there is a froth on top
  • put the flour in a bowl and make a well in it
  • add the yeast-water mixture in thirds, mixing after each addition. With the second addition, add the oil.
  • knead the dough until it is smooth
  • allow the dough to rise for about an hour
  • roll out pieces of the dough to desired size and thickness (traditionally in Tuscany, the crust is thinner)
  • dress with whatever toppings you’d like! We used tomato sauce, mozzarella, green olives, sauteed bell peppers…be creative!
  • bake in a preheated oven at 230 degrees Celcius
  • ENJOY!


Carciofi alla Romana! (Artichokes Roman Style)

Hello friends (or strangers I should’s been too long…again.)!

The past few weeks have been so amazing! Two weekends ago, I stayed in Florence for what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful weekend! I did a lot of reading in the sun and just enjoying the background noise of the Florentine culture. I love just sitting on the steps of a church, people watching, and taking in everything around and how amazing the city I live in truly is.

Then, last weekend, I went to visit one of my best friends from home, Lindsay, where she is studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am SO glad I was able to make it up there, regardless of how much colder it was there than in Florence! It was so awesome to see her abroad life because not only is Copenhagen such a cool and beautiful city, she lives in a host family, something I had yet to experience. When I was looking into studying abroad, I thought long and hard about whether or not I should do a host family. I thought it was be a very interesting and enriching experience where I could immerse myself in the culture, but found that Florence wasn’t the best city for host families. I am extremely happy with my decision to live in an apartment, but the Danish family that Lindsay lives with definitely made me jealous. They were so welcoming, hospitable, and kind, I just couldn’t get over it! They invited me to dinner both nights I was there, and I was very happy that we took them up on it. The food was amazing! And, it was really cool to hang out with the Danish people, they are so nice, speak great English, and are really entertaining and funny!

After Copenhagen, Lindsay came back with me to Florence. It was so great to have her here, show her how I live, and be able to tour around Florence and do things I hadn’t yet done! Then, we traveled together to Rome! We met up with our other best friend, Jenna, and she took us out our first night. It was SO fun and great to see her also! We also ran into a bunch of other people from high school that I hadn’t seen in years, which was so awesome and got me really excited to see everyone again this summer! Rome was really cool and beautiful, so rich with history! We were dead by the end of our time there, and now I am struggling to leave my bed. So, this blog post is my way of being “productive” without really having to move. (hehe)

So, on to the food…in the spirit of the Romans…

Carciofi alla Romana!

Stuffed Artichokes


  • 10 artichokes
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • EVOO as needed
  • white wine as needed
  • 80 g bread crumbs
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • salt and pepper TT


  • Remove the outer, hard leaves on the artichokes until you get to the softer center. Cut the stem off the base. Separate the leaves one by one until the whole artichoke is opened like a flower. Dip into water with lemon to prevent oxidation and browning.
  • Chop the garlic, mint, parsley.
  • Add the bread crumbs, EVOO, and s & p
  • Stuff the artichokes with this mixture.
  • Salt the artichokes, sprinkles with EVOO, and roast them in a pot.
  • Sprinkle with wine, then add enough water to cover half of the head of the artichoke.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, cook over medium heat until tender.

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