Want to travel to Italy but don’t have the time or money?  With John Grisham‘s recent Playing for Pizza you’ll get to experience the food, wine, and scenery of Parma, Italy.  All from the guise of a washed out NFL quarterback playing football americano in the Italian NFL. Parma Panthers are a real team, here is their website.

A great piece of fiction, Playing for Pizza is based on the facts of Italian life and its small football playing crowd.  The Italian players play for the fun of hitting people and free pizza and beer, while the American’s tend to be not quite up to NFL playing and get paid a decent salary.

This is a fairly quick read and just like most Grisham novels does have lawyers (and even a judge) thrown in for the fun of it.   Don’t worry though this book is mostly about having fun in Italy and playing football.

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