Stalin Bedon and Tom Grim, who own the Nomad Pizza Co. shops near South Street and in Hopewell, N.J., closed down, packed up, and flew themselves and longtime staff to Italy for a 10-day eating excursion. It's all about pizza. "We think it is important that our staff gets a taste of the food culture and have a point of reference for pizza," said Grim.
Today's entry is by Grim.
Part 8. Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Sadly, this is my last dispatch from Italy. Our group has a morning flight back to Philly. We have had such an inspiring trip. We visited our flour supplier, a buffalo mozzarella farm, we met our tomato supplier, and visited our Parmesan farm.
We have worked, we have played, we had way too much to eat, too much to drink and not enough sleep.
We have walked and walked and walked. We have strolled past thousands of years of history, countless cathedrals, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and so much more. We have seen masterpiece after masterpiece, sculpture, frescos, and fountains.
We have traveled to Naples and sampled the best pizza in the world. All of us has been touched by Italy. We have befriended many Italians. They are the most welcoming, wonderful and gracious hosts. Most speak English and don’t resent our limited Italian. After all these years, they all seem to love America and Americans.
Chris and Buffy left today. Stalin left early because Nomad had a broken pipe from the freezing weather in Philadelphia.
The 12 remaining decided to have our last dinner at our favorite non-pizza restaurant, Sparita. Amazing cacio e pepe. This pasta is served in a bowl made of Parmesan. Totally decadent. This restaurant is near our hotel. It is loved by locals. We are told Anthony Bourdain did a feature on the cacao e pepe. We have dined there three times. Everything on the menu is delicious.
At dinner, we all agreed this was the most memorable trip. Instead of being sad that this eating adventure is over, we were busy planning a trip next year. Big companies do "team building" weekends.
Let me tell you, there is nothing that builds a team like a company trip to Italy. Before this, our Hopewell crew barely knew our Philadelphia crew. That is all changed now. We have all gotten to know one another and all have become friends.
And, we all miss making pizza. We can’t wait to get back to work and make the best pizza possible.
See you all Thursday.
Tom and the Nomad Crew
Catch up on the trip
Part 1 is here
Part 2 is here
Part 3 is here
Part 4 is here
Part 5 is here
Part 6 is here
Part 7 is here
Part 8 is here