Piazzas and Pizzas: Adventures of the Clean Plate Club in Italy

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Not since Mark Twain invaded Europe in Innocents Abroad has travel been so much fun, as we follow The Clean Plate Club through the daily ritual of morning coffee, frequent gelato, pranzo and cena. Punctuated by visits into museums, churches, and countless stores, in search of the Holy Bargain.

Filled with humor, love, and an amazing number of incredibly helpful travel ...

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Overview

Not since Mark Twain invaded Europe in Innocents Abroad has travel been so much fun, as we follow The Clean Plate Club through the daily ritual of morning coffee, frequent gelato, pranzo and cena. Punctuated by visits into museums, churches, and countless stores, in search of the Holy Bargain.

Filled with humor, love, and an amazing number of incredibly helpful travel tips-- and more than a few cautionary traveler's misadventures.

An irreverent, rollicking–and totally accurate–depiction of travel throughout Italy–loving every moment of it.

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This enjoyable book warrants dipping into rather than reading from cover to cover. Kubik (The Power of Symbols Against the Symbols of Power) has compiled a series of entertaining vignettes drawn from several trips made to Italy throughout the 1990s. Although the often comic anecdotes are not highly informative about the history, architecture, or art of Italy, they do convey a clear image of the landscape and culture. Because each chapter was originally published online as a separate article, this compilation suffers from poor organization. More streamlining would have helped reduce some of the repetitions and made the arrangement of chapters more coherent. At times, the narrative feels like a literary slide show: it is interesting, detailed, and authentic but so long and personal that about halfway through one's interest starts to lag as each day's meals and sightseeing schedules are described in exhausting detail. Yet there is a reward at the end in the form of several useful annexes with more precise information on recommended hotels, restaurants, guidebooks, web sites, and films set in Italy. For large public libraries. Rebecca Bollen, New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595221257
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Where is the editor?

    The book starts off with a great deal of humor and delightful descriptions. Gradually, the quality of the writing goes downhill, with an overwhelming amount of grammatical errors and misinformation that interfere with the enjoyment of casual reading. Perhaps with the next edition, the author will more carefully proofread his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    A Gem Waiting to be Discovered

    This book is hard to find in bookstores, but worth ordering online if necessary. It is really,really informative if you are planning a trip to Italy. And if you've already been there, you'll laugh at many of the things the author says-- about plumbing, tourists with video cameras, Italian signs that seem to forbid just about everything, our limited vocabulary, etc. He also ventures into many 'minor' cities that deserve a visit, as well as the major stops of Florence, Rome, and Venice. It's hard to decide how to describe this book: a travelogue, a guide, a humor piece, a letter from a well travelled friend. Guess I'd have to say, All of the Above.' Find it, read it, appreciate it for what it is, and what it is not. In French, the saying is 'Viva la difference.' If my Italian were any good, I could say it that way too-- but you get my meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Jealousy from another publisher?

    It is curious that all the books listed by the carping critic below seems to be written by someone in publishing. And curiously, ALL the books recommended instead mostly come from one publishing house. Piazzas and Pizzas is very different from those other titles, and if you can't overlook its lack of pretentious posturing-- and occasional lapses in editing-- then maybe you need to learn how to lighten up and laugh. This book is funny-- and ventures into uncharted territory. Enjoy it for what it is-- don't deride it for what it is not (especially if that might be one of your publications). Have fun with the book and Italy. That's the point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Not Your Average Package Tour

    If Dave Barry was a little more serious, and Rich Steves was a little less dorky, this is probably the kind of book one of them might have written. People on the Perillo Tours or those with far-too-much money might not like it, but for those who have a sense of humor about travel will like this a great deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    Almost as much fun as a trip to Italy!

    Wonderfully fun read-- reall conveys the author's enthusiasm for the subject. You wish it would go on and on... and that you could go along on these trips for real, not just via armchair travel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Pass the Pizza, please

    I laughed out loud while I read this book. Wish I'd read it BEFORE my husband and I went to Italy!

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