You want to see a serious definition of what a ITALIAN PIZZA should be, Go to this site then come back to Naples, F L O R I D A!
Forget aboutit!! You have to go to New York City or Italy to get this Pie.
A few months ago, my wife and I spent all of 24 hours in Naples, ITALY on our way home from Sicily.
It was probably the second-most pizza-packed 24 hours of my life (the first being when I took my Colombian brother-in-law on a whirlwind pizza tour of New York).
We hit over a half dozen pizzerias over lunch alone, and a few more for dinner.
Nobody said the life of a Serious Eater is an easy one.
We talked to pie-men, timed ovens, watched dough being stretched and topped, and all that other fun, nerdy stuff that pizza-obsessives enjoy doing.
(Ok, my wife may have been a bit of an unwilling assistant in this endeavor. Bless her for always being a good sport).
Here now, I present to you the Serious Eats guide to Eating Pizza in Naples.
What constitutes a true Neapolitan pizza, you'll be met with an extraordinarily stringent set of rules.
The traditional domed, wood-fueled ovens that a Neapolitan pizza is baked in has remained identical in design for several hundred years.
Made with stone or brick and completely sealed (aside from the door and the chimney)
There are strict protocols in place for oven sizes—the dome must be 45 to 50 centimeters high, while the door must be 22 to 25 centimeters.
When inserted into the oven, the moist, loose Neapolitan pizza dough should instantly start to puff, creating bubbles with thin walls and micro-bubbles on top of them, with even thinner walls.
These thin walls will quickly brown in the air of the oven and against the hot stone floor while the rest of the pizza will remain more pale.
It's this interplay of smoky, slightly bitter notes that comes from the charred spots and the soft, mild, pale dough in between that gives a Neapolitan pizza its great complexity.
Unlike a crisp-crusted New York-style or hefty Deep Dish Chicago-style pies, a Neapolitan pizza will have a soft, tender, nearly soupy center.
Some folks find this off-putting. I personally like the sauce, oil, and whey-soaked bits of tender crust that form down in there, and I'll fight my wife for my share of it.
There are two "basic" Neapolitan pizza styles that cover the vast majority of the pizzas you'll find in Naples: the Pizza Marinara, which combines tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, and garlic (and in which "the green of the oregano and the white of the garlic has perfectly amalgamated"),
OR the Pizza Margherita which uses tomatoes, olive oil, fresh mozzarella di bufala (water buffalo milk mozzarella), and basil leaves (applied before cooking so that their green color has been "slightly darkened by the cooking process.").
At a sit-down pizzeria, this is how it's done. You will never see a pizza come pre-cut into "slices," as that would cause the very soupy toppings to seep underneath and turn the whole thing soggy.
You could try to manually cut it into slices, but they'll be so floppy that you'll need several extra fingers just to hold them out.
So if they don't cut them into slices, how does one eat them? The Quad-Fold. The pizza is placed on a sheet of heavy duty paper, folded in half once, then folded again, much like you'd see in a Paris crepe-shop
Before I'd actually been to Naples, I'd heard over and over that "pizza in Naples is always eaten with a knife and fork." Always.
I don't know whether things have changed in recent years or it's simply misinformation, but Naples actually has a very lively no-utensils-required street-pizza ("street-za?") scene, with many of the older pizzerias selling whole pies out of display windows on the street for only a euro or two.
Sure, you can sit down at any one of these fine and historic establishments, but their real draw (particularly for pie-heads with a schedule to keep!) are their heated outdoor display windows, where for a couple euros (usually less!), you can grab a hot pie to go
The best of the Street-za's we tried, though it may have been luck of the draw—our pie had come fresh out of the oven, the crust still crackling slightly as it was folded.
Very sparse on the cheese (what can you expect for a single euro?), but a bright tomato sauce and a great charred flavor to the tender crust.
This is the pizzeria President Clinton visited during the 1994 G7 summit in Naples. You can see his picture up on the wall.
I'm second generation Italian and my grandparents came from (from Cozensa, Italy) and GreeK ( Argo-Saronic Islands) in the 1930's. One thing both Italians and Greeks no is PIZZA!
Growing up in Boston, it was the Greeks who owned and operated Most pizza parlors that I no of.
Be that as it may, chances are pretty close to ninl finding True NEAPOLITAN PIZZA here in the US, but I'm not implying our pizza is not as good, only different, particular if you don't live in NYC or Boston.
Living here many years, I having a taste for New Style thin Crust ( Joe D's - New York Pizza & Pasta -N. Naples -Aldos-Davis Blvd) and Greek style thicker crust and somewhat oilyer look and taste ( Leoni's)
Growing up with Sicilians Mrs. Columbo made a delicious Sicilian Style Pizza Pie that was heavenly. Like eating a loaf of fresh baked bread a inch or more thick with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Seen this from a professional level. A school system that purchased for its students sheet-pan pizza (36-cuts/pan)using provolone cheese- not bad, no bad at all. And the purchase 100's of pans pizza with provolone each week.
There were 21 different Naples Pizzerias that appeared in the research from low end to fine-dining. A number of them surprised me. Cici's, are you kidding?
How about that $5 cook in advance Pepperoni Pizza at, gee I forget the Co. name – great price and it fills the hole in my stomach
Hey, I love Costco combo 16" for $9.95 who doesn't at that price but it's a inexpensive good pizza but not one of the best.
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One of my favorite authentic Thin Crust New York Style Pizza along wit Joey D's
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