Italy- Pisa, Tuscany 03/2012

We flew direct from SLC to Paris then had a mad dash through customs at CDG airport and luckily made it to our connection to Rome. We rented a car at FCO and hit the autostrada. Pisa was a perfect stop on our way to Parma. We only stayed one night. We were right across the street from the leaning tower and were able to visit it both at night and the next morning.

Where we stayed: Roma Hotel

The price and location could not be beat, just on the other side of the city walls from the Leaning Tower. I enjoyed their breakfast, very typical Italian choices. Our room was very quiet, it was on the back side and had a nice garden view. The room itself seemed a little dated and cheap, but comfortable enough. We had a hard time with the shower door. The front desk was helpful and recommended a great restaurant. Very great price quality relationship (mainly due to location).

Where we ate: La Taverna di Emma

Very nice, rustic Taverna just down the street from the hotel. They served the bread inside a brown paper bag, which really added to the country, local feel of the restaurant. Kevin ordered the Lasagnette con Sugo di Salsiccia e Funghi Porcini (little lasagna noodles with Sausage sauce and Porcini Mushrooms). This was an amazing plate of pasta. I think Kevin wanted to lick his plate. Mamma and piglet both ordered the Cacio e Pepe (pasta with Cacio cheese and pepper). Cacia e Pepe is a very traditional Roman dish that I love and wanted to try it outside of Lazio, Tuscan style. It was different, good, but different. The added egg to the sauce. The pasta on all the dishes were clearly handmade.

Pisa was a great way to kick of Italy. The town is small and friendly and we didn’t feel any pressure to rush around to make sure to see everything. We had find a good restaurant and see the tower on our list and checked them both off with plenty of time to stroll the streets.

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