weekly photo challenge: minimalist

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Minimalist: relating to minimalism, providing a bare minimum of what is necessary

The “minimalist” is the pizza we were served in Rome is what we are submitting for thisΒ week’s photo challenge.

It looked bare compare to the pizzas we are use to which are laden with toppings.

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Have you been served something that was not what you expected?

Happy Weekend, Everyone!!

Please feel free to leave us your comments.

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50 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: minimalist

    Denzil said:
    November 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    My own experience in an Italian restaurant (albeit in Belgium) is a lasagne that was burnt on top. Indeed the top was so overdone I could lift it off like a bit of toast!
    As to your picture, I smilled at the 4 olives just dropped onto the pizza with no attempt to distribute them!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 16, 2014 at 1:46 am

      πŸ™‚ Firstly, thank you for following our blog! And secondly, we love the presentation (or lack thereof) for this pizza! And last but not least, lasagne that had a “toast”-top: we’d like to see that πŸ™‚

      Thanks for leaving us a comment.

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    the eternal traveller said:
    November 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    That’s funny…and it really is minimal. Did you need to order seconds?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Heheheh – from memory we couldn’t because the pizza blew our “budget” so we cut up the pieces and sprinkled them around ourselves.

    Leya said:
    November 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I bet it was tasty anyway…sometimes we tend to overdo, here at least.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Yes, overdo is a great word to describe some of the pizzas we get at home and the amount of cheese alone is ridiculous! πŸ™‚

    Diana said:
    November 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    yum……love Italian pizza…….simple, but super flavorful!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

      We live in a society where simple seems to be unheard of nowadays when it comes to food.

      We love pizzas too πŸ™‚ Do you make pizzas at home? We love making the dough and tossing on whatever toppings we wish, not sure how authentic they are though but still tasty!

        Diana said:
        November 10, 2014 at 2:38 am

        Yes…..I admit this is one of the things I love about living in Italy. Their food truly is – – well – – – simple. They feel that overloading any dish with too many ingredients is a big no-no. I DO make pizza at home… and I love playing around with the ingredients too. I think anything fresh and in season would be considered “authentic” from an Italian’s perspective πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

          Aha!! That explains why Italian food is generally so simple and still so tasty πŸ™‚ Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

    Ayla said:
    November 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Clearly lots of effort went into the presentation of this pizza! I love how there’s just a whole slice of ham and one side and they haven’t even bothered to cut it up! I’m sure it still tasted quite nice though πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Ayla, you totally nailed it on the head πŸ™‚ It was the slab of pizza and half an egg that threw us off. It was also the fact that it was all positioned in one corner and the other side was just dough and tomato paste. Oh well, it was our first pizza in Rome back in 2006 but now nothing surprises us in any restaurant – presentation is not everything πŸ˜‰
      Hope you and Alex are both well and planning your next getaway!

        Ayla said:
        November 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

        Shouldn’t every pizza in Italy be just completely outstanding in every aspect though?! If someone was to get that in a pizza restaurant over here it would be sent straight back to the chef haha! Cuba in February yay! Hope you guys are both well πŸ™‚

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

          Cuba?? Wow – totally excited for you guys πŸ™‚

    prior said:
    November 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    wow – that is minimal – and looks pretty cool…. the crust seems etra thin – cool entry for the wpc ❀ ❀

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for your comment. Definitely different to what we get back home. But that was back in 2006 so things may have changed as we know the world dietary habits are all changing to more about quantity than quality sometimes, right?
      Aha – your blog is another blog we need to duck on over and play catch ups with πŸ™‚ We have just been so swamped with everything that we are losing track of all the awesome blogs we like & still need to visit!

        prior said:
        November 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

        well this pizza looks like some kind of serious “tradition” with the egg and olives – just looks like heritage.

        and regarding catching up on blogs – I am sure you know this – but don;t feel like you have to go back and read past posits when you are catching up -= even if some bloggers have stuff you know will be worth your while – well you really could get drained in a big way – and so as you catch up you can also just read the latest and go – but I am sure glad you still make time to drop by mine – honored actually – πŸ™‚ and have a great week you “traveling ones….”

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm

          Another lovely comment! We simply love reading what you have to say πŸ™‚ both in our comments as well as on your blog!
          Thank you for your words of advice and we will be sure to not burden ourselves with too much backdating reading πŸ™‚
          We are back home in Sydney now, trying to gather our thoughts for all the posts we didn’t get to share during our travels!!
          Enjoy your week too.

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    November 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Just judging by its appearance this pizza would be definitely not on my list of favortie dishes though I usually love pizzas! Did it taste better than it’s looks?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

      It was definitely different, because taking a bite of a section with only dough and tomato is not really exciting…. We don’t mind if pizzas are bare, we just prefer the topping to be a little more spread out πŸ™‚
      TO have half an egg and a slice of ham placed on like that, it was just unusual to see! Hope you guys are enjoying a crazy-free weekend.

    Mabel Kwong said:
    November 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Very creative photo for this week’s challenge. I don’t mind eating bare pizzas like that one, and magherita pizzas. Pizza is pizza πŸ˜‰ Whenever I order plates of fried noodles in Chinese restaurants here in Melbourne, I expect them to taste savoury…but they always end up tasting sweet πŸ˜€

    Ah, I see…you Monkeys are planning on road tripping around Victoria… πŸ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hi Mabel! How are you?? We don’t mind eating bare (or minimalistic) pizza either… except when we “expect” to see something slightly more different when we order an olive, egg, mushroom and ham pizza πŸ˜‰

      Yes, we are planning to go to Victoria for a week road trip next year – driving from Sydney so there goes 2 days either side πŸ™‚ We have a wedding in April so thought we would take advantage and spend a little more time. We’ll see. Hoping we can squeeze something else in during January but again, not really sure.

      Hope you have a beautiful Sunday whatever you are doing.

        Mabel Kwong said:
        November 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        Not too bad, Monkeys. Your little monkey here has had a bit of a busy week and weekend. But back to pizza. You certainly have good taste in pizza. If it’s a pizza in front of you, you’ll have a bite πŸ™‚

        Good luck with planning the road trip. Sounds like a packed trip already. But I suppose that’s how the two of you monkeys roll πŸ™‚ Have a good week ahead.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm

          Thanks Mabel Monkey πŸ™‚ Sending you well wishes for a happy Monday!

            Mabel Kwong said:
            November 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

            Thanks for the nickname, Monkeys. Mabel Monkey. Goes very well with my other nickname that my colleague gave to me – “Cheeky Monkey” πŸ™‚

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            November 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

            πŸ˜‰

    katpegimana said:
    November 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Looks like it will be pizza for lunch today! πŸ˜„

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

      LOL – Actually, it is inspiring us to make our home-made pizzas again πŸ™‚ Did you end up having pizza for lunch?

        katpegimana said:
        November 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        No, the pizza craving was just a brief moment when I read your post hahah…

    Forestwoodfolkart said:
    November 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Looks delicious

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

      πŸ™‚ Certainly simply and different to what we were use to… this was back in 2006, so maybe things have changed!

        Forestwoodfolkart said:
        November 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

        When I ordered a pizza in Milan this year, it was much the same as yours. Very minimalist. Minus the hilarious “egg” and “olives” – mind you. But it was still delicious.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

          Looks can be deceiving…. minimal does not equal bad taste, right? πŸ™‚

            Forestwoodfolkart said:
            November 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

            No, mine was extremely satisfying!

    KG said:
    November 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Aww!!! I am hungry πŸ™‚
    I really loved the pizza I had in Rome. Just like Janet said, it was from wood burning oven and it tasted way better than any pizza I have had.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Sorry for making you hungry πŸ˜‰ Woodfired pizzas are delicious. It has been a long time since we were in Italy, we are very due to return so we can try the food again and appreciate it from taste buds that are a little “older and wiser” – here’s to hoping we get to go back soon!

    kayrpea61 said:
    November 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Ha Ha, definitely too many olives to be ‘minimalist’ πŸ™‚ Only kidding. Brilliant take on the subject.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Hahaha – yes, one olive less might have been more fitting – love the way you think πŸ™‚ And as always, your comment made us smile! Enjoy your Sunday, Ken.

    Shelley @Travel-Stained said:
    November 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, this is making me miss my Italian pizza!! It’s certainly different from what we’re used to in the commonwealth countries, where it’s all about the toppings, but hubby says that pizza is about the dough and the sauce in Italy, not the toppings.. Yum!! πŸ˜€

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Yes, it’s not bad to have minimal topping, it’s just different πŸ™‚ Hope you have been well – actually you commenting has reminded us that your blog is another one that we need to duck on over to do some catching up on.

    kenzokymura said:
    November 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Reblogged this on kenzokymura.

    renxkyoko said:
    November 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    We also had that kind of pizza when we travelled in Europe. Not much toppings,,,,, just a thin topping of cheese, and somehing else.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

      This was our first pizza in Rome so we were taken by surprise πŸ™‚ We got use to it afterwards and realised how much topping we don’t really need!

    sustainabilitea said:
    November 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Looks good to me. I had one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten in Vicenza, Italy some years ago. It was baked in a wood-burning oven.

    janet

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Oooh yum! Wood fired pizza are amazing!!! Hope you have been well πŸ™‚

        sustainabilitea said:
        November 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

        I have been, thanks. Been to France again and to Philadelphia. Now I’m in Iowa for the weekend on a family visit. Then back home to relax for a bit. πŸ™‚ How about you?

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          November 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

          You sound like you have been busy! We were in France last month after the Camino & returned only 2 weeks ago from our 4 months away! Just been catching up and settling back to ‘normal’ life again. And planning the next get away of course πŸ™‚

    Rosanna said:
    November 8, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Seems like if they just spread the ingredients around a bit, then it would be a big improvement. I once had a pizza in Chile that was the complete opposite of this; so many ingredients piled on that they weren’t cooked completely and the stuff at the bottom was still kind of cold!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 8, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Oh dear!! Uncooked is not good…
      You are right, the topping quantity is more to what we are use to now but when we first had this served, it was back when were very young travellers and still ignorant πŸ˜‰

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