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#PizzaPost: White pizza with speck and rucola

#PizzaPost: White pizza with speck and rucola

For our program's "welcome dinner," our incredible director, Elena, took us to one of the best pizzerias in Siena. I remember how nervous and excited the five of us were to get the semester started. Truthfully, there could not have been a better place to start the semester than at a pizzeria.

The pizzeria is called Il Pomodorino, which means "the little tomato," and it is a pizzeria dedicated to bringing the Napolitano art of pizza to Siena. Found right near St. Catherine's Cathedral, a seat outside Il Pomodorino will offer you one of the most romantic views of Siena's skyline, including the Torre Del Mangia and the Duomo of Siena.

Since it was winter at the time of this experience, we sat indoors in a cozy nook with our party of 8. As we glanced through the multipaged menus of homemade pizzas, I couldn't contain my excitement. There were so many combinations, so many incredible toppings, and oh my gosh, ALL THE CHEESES!

I have a real problem when it comes to cheese.

Anyway, I ordered this pizza above with a base of DOP buffalo mozarella, speck, arugula, and shavings of fresh pecorino on top. This is freakin' pizza, I thought. (Little did I know about the pizza in the south of Italy!)

Now for those of you who don't know what speck is, well it's quite funny, actually. Speck is basically another type of prosciutto, which is a really yummy, nice-tasting, fatty ham. The funny part is that the word speck in English literally means "fat" or "blubber." Just to give you an idea of how well I am eating here!

Moving on to...

*Insider tip! When you are in italy, you will find a strange ingrediant listed in various menus, and typically the english translatation will not help, as it too will be listed as something equally unrecognizable. The ingrediant can be listed as follows: rocket, rocket salad, or roquette.

What the hell is it, you ask? Well, my friends, it is Rucola, or as we Americans know it as, arugula. Don't ask me where the whole rocket reference comes from!

Bruschetta with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, mozzarella & tomato sauce

Bruschetta with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, mozzarella & tomato sauce

Ravioli con salsa marinara

Ravioli con salsa marinara