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31 Reasons You Would Be Better Off In Italy

written by M.E. Evans August 26, 2014

1. You love pizza. Honestly, you love all carbs.

Mamma mia la pizza!</p><br /> <p>smilingfork:</p><br /> <p>Margherita Pizza<br /><br /> Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆ (easy)<br /><br /> Yield: 8 slices<br /><br /> Ingredients:<br /><br /> 1 cup (6 ounces) of water<br /><br /> 1 packet of active-dry yeast (if using instant yeast, you don’t need to dissolve it during the first step)<br /><br /> 3 cups (10 ounces) whole wheat or unbleached all-purpose flour<br /><br /> 1/2 tsp salt<br /><br /> 4 tablespoons brown sugar<br /><br /> Toppings:<br /><br /> 1 cup artichoke hearts<br /><br /> 3 cups tomatoes, chopped<br /><br /> 1/4 cup oregano, destemmed<br /><br /> 1/4 cup basil, destemmed<br /><br /> 1/4 cup parsley, destemmed<br /><br /> 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese<br /><br /> 3/4-1 cup mozzarella cheese<br /><br /> Olive Oil<br /><br /> Parmesan cheese<br /><br /> Directions:<br /><br /> Between 30 minutes-1 hour before baking, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. If you plant to use a baking stone, place it in the middle of the oven. Add lukewarm water to yeast and whisk and stir yeast thoroughly into water. Allow the yeast a few minutes to dissolve. Measure flour into a mixing bowl, add salt and use your hand or whisk to combine. Pour water-yeast over flour mixture and use your hands or a wooden spoon to combine. Turn dough onto counter with extra flour and knead until flour is incorporated. Roll onto parchment or pizza stone in whatever method you know best.<br /><br /> Brush dough with a little olive oil and add all ingredients except cheese. Bake for 5 minutes and rotate pizza 180-degrees. Bake for an additional 3 minutes and then sprinkle cheese over top. Leave in oven an additional 3 minutes or until the edges of your pizza are golden and crispy.<br /><br /> Remove pizza from oven and cool on wire rack for five minutes.<br /><br />


2. Good wine is more important to you than lots of money.


3. Tiny coffee is your favorite way to start your day.


4. Flowers in windows were made for you.



5. You love dogs (and don’t mind occasionally stepping in shit).

Sperlonga, Italy

Sperlonga, Italy

6. Frolicking in vineyards has always seemed like your calling in life.


7. Have you always wanted to drink wine on church steps at night? Or anywhere for that matter?

Santa Croce

Santa Croce

8. Your feet are destined for great things like walking on hand-chiseled cobblestone.


9. No, but seriously, you really love food. You’ll stab someone over some pizza.


10. You’re really good at talking with your hands.


11. You’d spend all day at a Farmer’s Market if you could.


12. This I Love Lucy episode was your favorite…


13. Soccer is pretty much your favorite thing ever.

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14. You’ve dreamed of marrying an Italian man


15. Or an Italian woman


16. It’s your dream to drive a tiny car


17. Maybe even a little scooter.


18. Having your dog pose with youagainst beautiful backdrops is kind of a big deal.

19. You just really like to relax and hang out wherev.


20. Italian music makes you feel like dancing



21. You’re not afraid of a little passionate yelling.


22. Growing up you always thought about becoming an artist


23. Or maybe you’re just a huge fan of chest hair


24. You don’t really care about quality television or the image of an old pedophile gawking at a teenager doesn’t make you vomit in your mouth.


25. Going out at night with friends, regardless of age, whether or not you have kids, is something that you’d love to take part in.


26. Public kissing is pretty much your favorite thing.

Couple kissing in Florence 

27. Intense eye contact makes your panties/boxers drop.


28. The beach is always calling


29. Gourmet sandwiches are on your list of things you need in your life on the daily.

jforjackie.com (this picture is of two panini from i fratellini, my favorite sandwich place in Florence).

30. You’re a lover of breathtaking architecture and the suburbs suck the life our of you.

The Duomo, Firenze

The Duomo, Firenze

31. You crave simplicity and innocents among chaos and contradiction.

Florence,Italy. survivinginitaly.com

Florence,Italy. survivinginitaly.com

Park in Florence. survivinginitaly.com

Park in Florence. survivinginitaly.com

Singing, "That's Amore." Alixanne Loosle. Survivinginitaly.com

Singing, “That’s Amore.” Alixanne Loosle. Survivinginitaly.com

Always something about fascism. survivinginitaly.com

Always something about fascism. survivinginitaly.com





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