"France loves its festivals. Everything can be turned into an excuse to party. The gathering of chestnuts, the finding of truffles, the glory of local food, the change of a particular season, the birth or death date of a local saint. We attended many of these little fêtes over the first few years" (pg. 81).
"It is entertaining to watch foreigners struggle with a new language. I challenge anyone to deny that. It may not be very kind or sporting to do so, but let’s face it, we all enjoy feeling slightly smug at the expense of someone else while we have the chance. English tourists ordering pizza with lots of extra champions instead of mushrooms made Florence and Stan giggle for days. The pizza guy smirked a bit too. “Zidane or Beckham, monsieur?'" (pg. 258)
I myself made an embarrassing gaff at the fish market when I asked for pesche (peaches) instead of pesci(fish). It was early in my year of living in Italy, but I will never forget how mortified I was.
So, despite one family member being fungi-averse, pizza with lots of extra champignons is one of my favorites! You can view my recipe in this post.