Recently, I found myself home alone. The kids were at camp and my wife took off early for New Orleans where I would meet her for our summer break. I used to do well on my own, but now I don’t think I do. I used to go out and do stuff, now when I’m home alone, I just stay and binge watch TV and order pizza.
The pizza is good. I have no problem with delivery, but something made we wish for more. So I did some research about where one can find really good, homemade, wood-fired pizza and good beer and wine.
Today, we’re tackling wine and pizza in Missouri, where we have more than a dozen options.
There are more than 130 wineries to discover across the state. You can find anything and everything you’re looking for somewhere in Missouri wine country. If you’re a pizza fanatic, you’re in luck! At these 18 wineries, you can enjoy delicious pizza paired with handcrafted local wines. Is your stomach growling just thinking about a cheesy slice of wood-fired pizza and a glass of rich, earthy Chambourcin?
If you’re a wood-fired pizza fan, check out these wineries…
Arcadian Moon Winery & Brewery in Higginsville (available seven days a week)
La Bella Vineyards & Winery in Wellington (check their site for dates available)
St. James Winery in St. James (available through the spring and summer at their wine and beer garden)
The Barrens Winery in Perryville (available on Saturdays throughout the summer)
Van Till Family Farm Winery in Rayville (available Fridays and Saturdays on their heated patio)
Viandel Vineyard in Mountain View (pizza served alongside live music spring into fall)
Villa Antonio Winery in Hillsboro (Their dough and sauce are made from family recipes tracing back to Italy!)
From gourmet flatbreads to gluten free options, these wineries are perfect for pizza lovers…
Augusta Winery in Augusta (available at the wine garden April through October)
Balducci Vineyards in Augusta (your choice of thin crust or deep pan are available)
Belmont Vineyards in Leasburg (offers a selection of seasonal pizzas and a build your own option)
Chaumette Winery in Ste. Genevieve (gourmet flatbreads that will not disappoint)
Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport (the brie flatbread is delicious, but keep an eye out for specials at the bistro on weekends)
Meramec Vineyards in St. James (“Pizzah” at their Wine Down Fridays and special events)
Montelle Winery in Augusta (The Klondike Café makes all their pizzas fresh to order, and that view!)
Mount Pleasant Estates in Augusta (the Appellation Café serves flatbreads April through October)
Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta (delicious offerings and gluten free options are available)
Sand Creek Vineyard in Farmington (perfect for thin crust fans)
White Mule Winery in Owensville (available Saturday evenings January through March)
Italy has had so much influence on the entire world. Years of history, culture, and wisdom from this beautiful country have echoed through the ages. Here are a few wise words from some of Italy’s finest natives!
1. LEONARDO DA VINCI
A native of Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci, was born April 15, 1452. His artwork is world renowned and featured in famous museums across the global. Arguably his most famous painting, The Last Supper, is currently displayed in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
2. MARIO ANDRETTI
Mario Andretti was born in 1940 in Motona, Istria (then in Italy, but now Croatia. He gained his U.S. citizenship in 1964. Synonymous with the word “speed”, Mario Andretti is one of only two racecar drivers who have won races in Formula One, World Sportscar Championship, IndyCar, and NASCAR.
3. POPE PAUL VI
Originally named Giovanni Battista Montini before his papacy, Pope Paul VI was born in 1897 in Brescia, Lombardy. Elected Pope in 1963, he took the name “Paul” after St. Paul and was responsible for doing away with a large majority of pomp and circumstance of the papal ceremony.
4. GALILEO GAILEI
The Father of Modern Science, Galileo Galilei, was born in Pisa in 1564. An astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathmetician, we can thank Galileo for a large majority of our scientific knowledge still to this day.
5. FRANCESCO GUICCIARDINI
Francesco Guicciardini, the famous historian, statesman, a political writer, was born in 1483 in Florence. He is most known for his writing of The History of Italy, an account of the political culture of the Italian Peninsula during 1490-1534.
6. ELEANORA DUSE
The Italian actress more commonly known as just “Duse” was born in Vigevano, Lombardy in 1858. In 1923 she was the first woman, and the first Italian, to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
7. SOPHIA LOREN
Sophia Loren was born in Rome in 1934. The Italian film actress performed in well over 30 films, with a few of the most notable being Houseboat, The Pride and the Passion, Ready to Wear, Grumpier Old Men, and It Started in Naples.
8. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Born in 1225 in Sicily, St. Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic friar, priest, philosopher, and theologian. He is noted as the patron Saint of students and universities.
9. ENZO FERRARI
The founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 in Modena, Italy. Later in life, he would go on to be the founder of the Ferrari Automobile.
10. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Born in either 1181 or 1182 in Assisi, a province of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi was a Roman Catholic friar. He was originally the patron Saint of Italy, but is now more commonly associated as the patron Saint of animals.
At MIT, Dr. Paola Rebusco usually teaches physics to freshmen. But, on behalf of the MIT Experimental Study Group, Rebusco has devised an appealing course — Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full — where she combines teaching two things many people love: learning to speak Italian and cooking Italian food. The course summaryreads:
The participants in this seminar will dive into learning basic conversational Italian, Italian culture, and the Mediterranean diet. Each class is based on the preparation of a delicious dish and on the bite-sized acquisition of parts of the Italian language and culture. A good diet is not based on recipes only, it is also rooted in healthy habits and in culture. At the end of the seminar the participants will be able to cook some healthy and tasty recipes and to understand and speak basic Italian.
As Rebusco explains in a short video, this course has the advantage of making the language lessons a little less abstract. It gives students a chance to apply what they’ve learned (new vocabulary words, pronunciations, etc.) in a fun, practical context.
Ingredients & Cooking Instruction:
Residents of Ventimiglia, the last Italian town before the Franco-Italian border, are up in arms over plans to build a second migrant camp in their picture postcard locale.
The mayor of Ventimiglia is not a popular man these days. Thirty two-year old Enrico Ioculano is bearing the brunt of the anger felt by his town’s inhabitants, several hundred of whom marched through the streets to his office yesterday in protest at Italian government plans to open a new complex to house migrants awaiting entry into France.
Residents of the attractive town, located a stone’s throw away from the French border on Italy’s Ligurian coast, are furious at plans to accommodate the continuing influx, saying that the seaside town has already become one enormous refugee camp.
Fearing that the situation is becoming permanent after three years, one man expressed his frustration declaring to Ruptly TV, ‘’We’ve had enough! Ventimiglia has been invaded. We can’t live freely in our own town anymore.’’
‘’It’s no longer tenable’’, the resident continued, ‘’and what’s more, they’re doing this with taxpayer money. The government imposes it on us and we pay. It can’t go on!’’
With record numbers of migrants landing at Sicily and more stringent checks on direct routes into France, Ventimiglia has become a bottleneck for those seeking to cross the border, with a constant flow of new arrivals leaving residents of the town feeling under siege. Women are reportedly afraid to venture out alone after dark and tourists are staying away.
Taking to the streets yesterday morning, hundreds of local residents marched to the town hall to confront the center-left mayor – who belongs to the same Democratic Party that governs Italy – insisting that no new reception centers be opened and that the state take action to deal with the crisis.
Hundreds of mostly African migrants are living between an already established camp and a Catholic-run mission. Hundreds more live rough along the Roya River in shanty dwellings, waiting for an opportunity to enter France either by train, along the rocky coastline or inland via mountainous back-country routes.
Concerns were expressed yesterday that the flow of tourists, particularly from France’s Côte d’Azur, is dwindling as negative publicity depicts Ventimiglia as an ‘’Italian Calais’’, a reference to the northern French port town plagued by lawlessness as migrants await passage to the UK.
That residents of Ventimiglia are reaching the end of their tether will come as no surprise to those following events in Italy; as the country’s economic and banking crisis continues, there is a feeling amongst many Italians that they have been more than charitable and that the numbers arriving are overwhelming the country – despite the significant resources and many volunteer programs in place to help migrants in difficulty.
In recent months, there have been numerous attacks on reception centers and hotels housing migrants at locations across the country, ranging from arson attacks to bombings. With this in mind, and elections looming, the Italian government will be eager to be seen to take action. If not, more protests and vigilantism could well follow.
Photo Credits: SIR/M. Luppi,
Video by Ruptly TV (RT)