If you haven't eaten your way across Italy yet, consider the advice of someone who has. Italian food varies dramatically from region to region, but you can rest assured that you will find pasta, wine, espresso and gelato wherever you go.
While I'm all for protein at as many meals as possible -- I get hungry after about an hour if there isn't any -- a good ol' fashioned steak-and-potatoes is far from the only way to get protein on your plate.
Everyone has their favorite pizza place, whether it's the dollar-slice joint serving up saucy cardboard (hey, you don't need to defend yourself) or the brick-oven spot that's so hot right now you couldn't get a perfectly charred pie if you waited two hours.
After we polished off the tiramisu and coffee, we strolled out onto the pebbly sand and, at that moment, with the Mediterranean Ocean drenched in golden autumnal sunshine, and the beach empty but for us, Italy sure seemed a lot like paradise to me.