Say Naples and lovers of
often develop contorted faces or horror. I hear things like “It’s the arm pit of Italy Italy,” “I have a friend who was robbed in ,” or “Isn’t it mostly Mafia?” Yes, Napoli (as it’s called in Naples ) like any major port city can be dicey. But, there are many charms the city has to offer. For example, all of the magnificent riches from Italy Pompeii are now in the city’s ---a must see for any traveler to the area. Archaeological Museum is also the birthplace of pizza and that’s why I have returned this visit. I arrived today from Naples Capri on a mission to find the perfect slice over the next two days. That may be very difficult for there is >1,000 pizza makers in . Naples
Pizza was originally the street food of the poor, however, when Queen Margherita visited the area a clever pizza maker decided to make a new pizza in her honor. Margherita pizza is now a standard on just about every pizza menu on the globe. Bill Clinton, another foodie, came to
when he was President. One of the pizza shops that he frequented has now changed its name to “Presidente” and proudly displays a photo of the Naples . Clintons
I am told by professionals that one of the secrets of a perfect pizza is the oven. Not only must it be wood-fired (which adds complex flavors), but a faultless pizza must also be cooked at temperatures as high as 700-800 degrees. At this heat pizzas only need to bake one minute. In
Napoli, less is more with toppings. You’ll never see a combo. Simplicity reigns supreme and most shops feature only one or two toppings…usually as separate pizzas and not together. San Marzano tomatoes, discussed a few days ago, are the basis for the sauce, however, many pizzas do not have a sauce.
A jug of wine and thou…and a slice of pizza from