The essential history of pizza, told by a charming Italian girl who lives in Pienza and whose favorite food is . . . well, you can guess it--pizza. Life in Pienza is pretty old-fashioned, and our young narrator knows everyone on the street and at the market by name. Her grandmother, of course, makes pizza by hand and teaches her how to make it too. While children will love the vibrant illustrations and simple story, adults will be riveted by the history and challenged by the bilingual text--for what good is a history of pizza in English only? Read the Italian out loud--chiudo gli occhi e respiro il suo caldo profumo e il suo sapore--to prepare yourself for homemade pizza of your own (recipe included).