Ristorante Pizzeria I Monaci, Assisi, Italy - An Italian friend took me here and said she thought it was the best pizza in Italy. I thought that was a pretty tall compliment. After eating at Monaci many, many times I suspect she is right. In recent years this place seems to have been discovered by daytime tourists in Assisi, but it remains quite accessible and excellent in the evening. Wood fired in a small oven, your pizza might take a while, but it will be worth it. La Ghiotta, the Glutton, is one of my favorite pizzas here. This has sausage, prosciutto and an egg dropped in the middle. Heavenly. They don’t roll and puncture their dough after spreading it out, so you get bubbles in the crust which add a great texture. The tomato sauce is just tomatoes….no sugar, no paste, and as far as I can tell, no seasoning or olive oil either. Maybe, just maybe, some salt. But I think it’s just straight, authentic, simple, fresh, high-quality tomatoes. Just a few nice chunks of sausage and all of it covered with gently rippled sheets of delicate prosciutto and a nice glow of a cooking egg sitting in the middle. Pizza Romana is great….perfectly salty, plump capers, generous heaps of anchovies…mmmmmmmm. But get more than just pizza – salads are great. Try some spaghetti aglio e olio….garlic and olive oil. Could not be any simpler nor any better on a hot night. Followed up with some limoncello….a perfect Italian evening. Via Giuseppe Verdi, 10, 06081 Assisi, Italy
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