L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
sanctions two options—
Marinara or Margherita.
Queen of Mediterranean cuisine,
Mozzarella di Bufala Campania,
is a gooey, chewy lover.
San Marzano tomatoes bubble with
the flavor of the Sarno Valley’s volcanic soil,
flourish in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.
King Basil scattered like ashes
helpless amidst the savory cheese
and sauce. Both pizzas taste
like first dates; patrons fossilized
like Garden of the Fugitives:
ecstasy owed to simplicity.
Alan J. Gravano has an MFA in Poetry and an M.A. and Ph. D. in English from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Gulf Stream, the museum of americana, Red Rock Review, Review Americana: A Literary Journal, and Voices in Italian Americana. He is a MLA Delegate Assembly member, President of Italian American Studies Association, and Writing Center Director at Rocky Mountain University