Red October Pizza: The Matt Carpenter

Red October PizzaIf you’re a fan of Major League Baseball (MLB), you’re either one of the lucky ticket holders in the stands or, like me, a less fortunate glued to the one-eyed monster (TV, computer, handheld, etc.) cheering on your favorite team as the race to the World Series is now underway with postseason play.

It’s no secret that I swapped my hometown St. Louis Cardinals ballcap for a Borsalino when I decided to pack my bags and hang my capello in Vicenza, Italy, the City of Palladio, far from the banks of the Muddy Mississippi; but, I never lost sight of my beloved, high-flying Redbirds.

Red October Pizza | ©Tom Palladio ImagesDuring the 162-game MLB regular season schedule, I bleed StL red about as often as I drink vino rosso; so, for the next couple of weeks I’ll put the “B” away and sport my Cardinals’ cap for as long as skipper Mike Matheny’s National League Central Division champs stay in the hunt for what I hope will be a RED October and another Fall Classic trophy.

The quintessential ballpark food in the U-S-of-A is a hotdog washed down with a plastic cup of the home team town’s finest suds. But, from over here in the land-of-vowel-ending-words, I’ll maintain my fanatic demeanor with a homemade flatbread pizza. And, I plan to prep a different one for every game during the Cardinals’ postseason run and pair the pies with different wines.

Now, if you’ll cue the public address announcer for the game-1 introductions of the Cards-Pirates National League Division Series matchup…

Matt Carpenter | ©2012 Jeff Haynes/Reuters“Leading off our squad of Red October Pizzas is The Matt Carpenter Pesto-Pomodorini-Grilled Chicken Pizza.”

This pie is one large Piadina Romagna with a base coat of creamy Stracchino cheese and a generous coat of Pesto Genovese. The flavorful goodness below is topped with grilled chicken, cherry tomato halves and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

And we’ll savor each bite with a nice Sauvignon from the Alto Adige region of Italy: Sanct Valentin Alto Adige Sauvignon DOC from the Kellerei St. Michael. It’s a zesty white with a drinkability well above average, just like Matt Carpenter hits.


©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. My husband says: Cardinals have to get past Pittsburg – and if it ends up to be between the Cardinals and the Tigers – the Tigers will take them down in 5 games. I haven’t been making flat-bread pizza lately. Thanks for the idea. 🙂


    1. A dawg ‘n” suds just doesn’t seem right for me all the way over here in Bella Italia; so, I’ll honor my Redbirds with flatbread pizzas. I won’t get into a trans-Atlantic brouhaha with your “significant other,” but if my Cards tangle with his Tigers in the WS, I’d put my money on St. Louis. GO CARDS! GO TIGERS! GO PIZZA!


      1. I think you better put your money back in your pocket, Tom, and stick to pizza. 😀 Between now and then, we can eat a lot of pizza.


  2. Go, Cards! I’ve been a Cards fan since Bob Gibson and Harry Carey’s, “It could be, it might be, it is…a home run!!” Since the Indians lost the wild card game last night, I’ll be “Go, Cards” all the way. (My husband’s from Ohio, so we do pull for the Indians.) 🙂



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