I have a 60-something male traveling companion who has very finicky eating habits. While he is comfortable eating ketchup and pureed tomatoes in sauces, he is completely reluctant to eat any intact pieces of tomatoes to the point of picking out each piece. He will completely push the meal away if the pieces are too numerous. It's no help to me if you recommend that he obtain "tomato therapy" because it's not going to happen. Strangely enough my own sister will ask for pizza minus sauce. She will however eat ketchup. Worse, my former supervisor at Ford HQTR's in Dearborn would only eat Roma tomatoes. I simply don't understand these difficult people because I've always loved every variation of tomato available. I've often grown many of my own favorites.
I am looking for any advice you might have to help me keep the dreaded chunks of tomatoes from appearing on his plates. I have completed 2 classes in Italian so obviously I only have rudimentary skills. What's the best way to request that no pieces of tomato appear in a meal? The best I can come up with so far is "per favore nessun pezzo di pomodori o pezzi di pomodori". I don't want our 3 weeks to be torturous for both of us. Aiuto!?