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Dan Bavaro: A Pizzaiolo’s Story

Ninety seconds is what it takes to cook one of Pizzaiolo Bavaro‘s pizzas in the blistering heat of the wood-fired oven. Four years is the amount of time Dan Bavaro invested in research, planning and testing before opening the doors of his downtown Tampa restaurant and sliding that first pizza onto a customer’s plate. Now [...]

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Mon, May 21 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » No Comments

Five Books that Take You to Sicily

There’s no better way to build anticipation than settling into my airline seat with a book centered on the region I plan to visit. Once I’ve arrived, the reading offers insights or just flows into my experience of that place. Sicily is on my mind but, oh well, I’m not there. So it’s armchair travel [...]

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Fri, May 11 2012 » Italian lifestyle, Sicily » No Comments

Cuban Sandwich Wars: Tampa vs. Miami

Giving new meaning to the term “pork barrel politics,” the Tampa City Council threw down the gauntlet with a resolution declaring the Cuban sandwich its signature sandwich. Miami fired back indignantly, insisting that its version is the authentic one. In an¬†NPR survey, Tampa won handily as the Cuban’s first city, with 57% of the vote [...]

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Tue, May 1 2012 » Italian delis, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Meat » No Comments