Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.

My girls and I went to Italy and San Marino last summer on a whirlwind tour of Como, Milan, Rimini, Florence, Venice, Pisa and Montecantini over ten days so that PickyKidPix could play soccer against Italian girls’ teams. It was an interesting cultural experience as soccer is very popular for boys in Italy but not as much for girls. The Italian girls tended to be very technical players but they didn’t have the same fitness regime that we seem to do in the United States.

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Leaning Tower of Pisa with PickyKidPix’s soccer team on the 4th of July.

Despite the language barrier, our team enjoyed meeting and talking to their Italian opponents who were as curious about us as we were about them. We ended up having a pizza dinner with one team after the game, which was a lot of fun. Her team even got to train with a coach from the Italian National Team!
Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

PickyKidPix loved training with a coach from the Italian National Team.

It was fun to view Italy from the lens of soccer but we were also there for the food! Our favorite foodie city was Montecantini in Tuscany which was our last stop, and sadly, too short. It’s ok though. It just whetted our appetite to come back with the rest of the family!

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

We miss Italy but we can experience it at home through food. A fun way is to check out the Taste of Italy at Kroger with Bertolli® pasta sauce. The program runs in stores from September 23rd through October 11th.

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

We will be using Bertolli for pasta, especially ravioli which my kids love as an after school snack before they head out for their practice.

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

We have fond memories of soccer in Italy! Soccer, it is said, unites the world. It’s a game that both rich and poor can enjoy as either spectator or player and induces nationalistic pride. Food, it can be said, is quite similar in that it is a way to express and share culture. It’s also a source of nationalistic pride and both cook and participant can equally enjoy.

I hope you get to experience a Taste of Italy through Kroger’s program or through your local grocery store too. What is your favorite Italian pasta dish?

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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