The food in Italy is amazingly good. The pizza
(flat and huge with a thin crust – very different than American
pizza), the pasta, the wine, the coffee, the gelato, the seafood
– everything is great.
Then there’s the bread. It arrives to
the table warm with a brown and crusty outside and what looks
to be a tender white center. It only takes one bite to discover,
however, that it is blander than we imagined any food could be.
We actually can’t figure out how it can be made so tasteless.
It’s almost as if they’ve made it this way to further
emphasize how tasty the rest of their food is. We speculate that
they consider the bread simply a vehicle for some delicious olive
oil or other tasty treat. Nonetheless, we kept tasting the bread
at restaurant after restaurant since we both love trying different
breads when we go out to eat. It never got any better. Suffice
it to say, that we eventually gave up and quickly overcame this
(not so) tremendous obstacle and proceeded to enjoy a wide variety
of Italian food with complete abandon.